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Leaving high school and entering the work force can be a tough process for young adults. For one group of students at Abingdon High School in Virginia, though, this may not be the case.

Leaving high school and entering the work force can be a tough process for young adults. For one group of students at Abingdon High School in Virginia, though, this may not be the case. A team of 15 special needs students has been working together to grow food for their local food pantry.
 
The class helps to seed, plant, water, and harvest a 3,200 square foot training garden that produces fruits and veggies. These students learn to work in teams, practice patience, and are taught important life skills they can someday use at home to nurture their families.
 
These students also help to seed all the transplants needed to support 50 gardens in the Grow Your Own program funded by Grow Appalachia. The Grow Your Own program was started by the nonprofit Appalachian Sustainable Development with the goal of educating and training communities to grow their own food.
 
The program has given these students skills that they can use in jobs after high school and throughout their lives.
 
Written by Anthony Petruzzelli 
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