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Dallas students learning about life on a farm

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Kids at a north Dallas elementary school are learning about life on their own farm.

The program at Moss Haven Elementary School was designed to teach students who are growing up in the middle of the city about farming. The idea grew after parents and staff started thinking of ways to get kids moving and eating healthy.

"It's showing team work. It's showing hard work ethic for the kids to be out on the farm working. It's building healthy habits," said Principal Phillip Henderson.

Many kids who once did not like vegetables are now growing and eating sweet peppers, okra, bell peppers, eggplant and more. They're also hatching healthiness one egg at a time in the chicken coup.

The lessons have turned into homework for some parents too.

"More and more families have started gardens in their own yards and the kids are out helping their parents trim bushes and plant flowers. And they are really becoming experts," said Kim Aman, a teacher at Moss Haven.

The school in the Lake Highlands area was named a healthy zone school by Cooper Clinic and United Way. Only 52 schools in North Texas have that distinction.

The farm is also a model other schools have adopted.

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