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Mt. Kisco Child Care Center Unveils New Greenhouse

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y—The Mount Kisco Child Care Center unveiled a new addition to its complex on Monday, introducing the Mount Kisco Child Care Center Greenhouse to the volunteers, children and trustees.

The greenhouse is the newest installment to a continuing program regarding teaching kids the importance of eating and growing organic food, titled Feed Me Fresh. The greenhouse will only enhance the course, center officials said.

“The kids really will see the true benefit,” said Steve Wysmuller, the president of the board of trustees of the Child Care Center. “It’s really going to make the curriculum expand and double in size.”

The curriculum has already been well-received by the children involved, said program director Dawn Meyerski. But without having an on-site greenhouse, she said, the children have been experienced a large omission as to the process of growing.

“We’ve had to take our seeds and whisk them away to another greenhouse. And like the magic of TV, they come back and are all grown up,” said Meyerski. “The kids missed that whole growing piece. But now, they will have it happen right before their eyes.”

Mimi Edelman, the resident farmer on hand for the center who has been involved for nearly 10 years, called the greenhouse a "dream come true."

Not only will the greenhouse be teaching students about the value of farming and good eating, Meyerski explained, but also about the details of the process of life.

“It teaches them about the life cycle. In this microwave world we’re in, where everything is ready in 10 seconds, you still can’t make a cucumber grow any faster than it grows,” she said. “It teaches them that there is a cycle, and you have to be patient and nurture it.”

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