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Seed Starting for Kids at Cranberry Lake Preserve

NORTH WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Families enjoyed a beautiful spring afternoon Saturday at the Cranberry Lake Preserve, with a Seed Starting for Kids program.

“We’re helping them get a jumpstart on their garden,” said Taro Ietaka, curator at Cranberry Lake Preserve, which is operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

“It’s never too early to get kids started and a good way to get them to eat their veggies,” he said.

The idea is to plant seeds in April and transplant them outdoors in May.

Ietaka gave the kids different kinds of seeds, paper cups and baggies to put over the cups, which creates a warm environment where the seeds can germinate before they’re planted outside.

He offered a variety of seeds — “flowers, lettuce, tomatoes and eggplants,” Ietaka said. “They can make a Mother’s Day bouquet for their moms or start a vegetable or herb garden.”

About 33 people attended the event, including August Geary, a 5-year-old from White Plains, who said, "I planted Swiss chard and peppers because we haven't planted our garden yet. We'll make soup with it."

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