Leza Carter sounds a bit like a math teacher when she shares her passion for Tucson Village Farm.
If 10 students visit, Carter said, on average only one will have picked a tomato off a vine before and half will insist they hate tomatoes.
But by the end of their tour, most of the tomato haters will find they actually like the seedy fruit.
"It's this sort of thing - and it happens all the time - that assures me that we are onto something at Tucson Village Farm," said Carter, the nonprofit's program director.
"Those kids might have spent the next 15 years believing that they don't like tomatoes and missed out on a lot of opportunities to get some healthy food into their bodies. But all that changed for them when they harvested a tomato off the vine and ate it."
Read more on Pima County Cooperative Extension's Tucson Village Farm program in the December 11 issue of the Arizona Daily Star at http://azstarnet.com/lifestyles/new-farm-takes-root-with-kids-community/article_f5e77763-9b40-5645-be87-53f75f6cd916.html#ixzz1gLkJvbV2
Also see tucsonvillagefarm.org