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By Ryan Faircloth

Students bloom through Green Thumb Initiative


ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A local school program is sowing seeds of education outside the classroom.

The Green Thumb Initiative, a Rochester Alternative Learning Center program, is teaching students real-world skills through gardening, grant writing and beekeeping. Program coordinators say the work encourages leadership and prepares students for life after graduation.

The program was founded by Rochester ALC teachers Kathryn Sloan and Liz Quackenbush in 2015, and offers English and science credit to those participating in the course during the school year, the Post-Bulletin (

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