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Truck Farm's founder has growing passion

Tampa, Florida - When students go on a field trip, they usually leave the school. But on Tuesday at Macfarlane Park School, the "field" of their trip came to them.

"We'll have you all line up around the truck," calls out Marisa Langford. Truck Farm Tampa is Langford's baby and second-graders are wowed by the sight of a garden in the back of a pickup truck.

"We have a line of kale, we have strawberries," says Langford, pointing to a rows of green plants.

Preps for the Truck Farm began last June, but the seeds for this project actually began with Langford's own kids and her desire to teach them about healthy food. And after Langford saw a similar truck in Chicago, well, just like the plants-the idea grew.

Chipotle Mexican Grill signed on as a major sponsor and so far Truck Farm Tampa has brought its fresh lesson to hundreds of kids.

For youngsters, sometimes it seems that food just appears, but this truck farm drives home a different lesson.

"I want them to start to get familiar with what grows in the garden, how it looks and the bottom line is where healthy food comes from and where it grows," says Langford.

And watching Langford in action with classes at Macfarlane, it's clear she has a growing passion. "It's been, it's been so much fun," says Langford, almost in tears.

At the end of their visit, students get some tomato seeds of their own to grow. It's a way for this lesson to take root. Still, when it comes to veggies and kids, you're not going to win them all.

When this reporter asks seven-year-old Jake Bennati if he likes tomatoes, the answer is "No."

But he knows where they come from.


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