CLINTON, MISS– Mississippi native Lance Bass, formerly of the pop supergroup NSYNC started a community garden with Clinton students today.
The garden was the first of the Environmental Media Association’s “Green My School,” a nationwide initiative that pairs celebrities with kids in their hometown to start a community garden.
Currently, 9 out of every 10 American children are not getting the amount of vegetables they need in their diets. Bass says that with this initiative, he hopes to change that.
“Bringing a garden like this, is so special,” Bass adds, “being from Mississippi, ironically, I didn’t understand gardening and growing vegetables. I had the worst diet ever.”
Bass says that having the garden serves two purposes: getting kids in Mississippi healthier, and giving them a boost in school.
“Studies show that kids who get involved, get their hands dirty, do better in school and have higher test scores,” says Bass.
Select children from the Clinton Public School District planted various tomato and cucumber plants in the six boxes that were started for them today.
“There are no GMO’s, no fertilizers, and no pesticides used here,” says Debbie Levin, with Environmental Media Association.
Birdseye sponsors the initiative, providing everything that is needed for the garden.
The Clinton garden is the first one outside of Los Angeles, California.
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