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- Band members entertain the school at a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.

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David Albers/Staff - Band members entertain the school at a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.

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- Fourth-grader Carmela Abrigo, 10, center, prepares to sample freshly-picked peppers and tomatoes with her classmates as they participate in a taste test during a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture.  On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest.
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- Freshly-picked produce sits on display at a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Band members entertain the school at a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Freshly-picked produce sits on display at a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
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- Garden planters fill a courtyard at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture.  On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Students sample freshly-picked peppers and tomatoes as they participate in a taste test during a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture.  On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
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- Physical education teacher Bonnie Graham collects data from students sampling freshly-picked peppers and tomatoes for a taste test during a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture.  On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Students sample freshly-picked peppers and tomatoes as they participate in a taste test during a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
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- Reading teacher Debbie Durno offers freshly-picked produce to attendees of a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Fourth-grader Carmela Abrigo, 10, samples freshly-picked peppers for a taste test during a Harvest Day Celebration at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Garden planters fill a courtyard at Village Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Immokalee. Since September, the American Heart Association and Arthrex have sponsored a teaching garden in two Collier County Schools where students have grown fresh produce as a lesson in nutrition and agriculture. On Wednesday, the students gathered to celebrate, taste and share their harvest with guests.

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