By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Kids love to play in the dirt.

Kids also love pizza.

Organizers of a local gardening project are banking on this combination to give kids an opportunity to grow their own vegetables and herbs to make a pizza.

Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition, and LandSculptors, LLC to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to fifteen elementary schools, including Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill.

Working with their teachers, selected students will plan, grow, and harvest their own vegetable garden. After harvesting the produce, they will take a field trip to FUEL Pizza where they will be taught how to use their own vegetables to make whole wheat vegetarian pizza.

The idea behind the project is to get children excited about eating vegetables they wouldn’t normally eat by fostering a personal connection to the gardens they tend. […]