Arp boy valuing responsibility by gardening

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Summer is here and school is out, leaving many children looking for things to do. It’s not long before parents hear those two dreadful words, “I’m bored.” For one local family, they’re teaching their son to unplug from electronics and get down in the dirt, instead.

“You’re working but you get something good at the end of the day,” said 12-year-old Tucker Evans. 

For him, that ‘something good’ is fresh food from his family’s garden in Arp.

“These are eggplant, we picked them this morning, I don’t really see any,” he said, showing us around his rows of fruits and vegetables. “These are our tomatoes. These are bigger boys and those are better boys.”

He spends his summer mornings finding the best of the crop.

“We picked a bunch of eggplant, couple of squash, a watermelon and a cantaloupe this morning, and a bunch of tomatoes,” he added.

It’s a family activity and his mom said it’s the start of a new tradition.

“You can’t beat fresh. It’s better than store bought any day,” said Heather Evans, Tucker’s mom.

An added bonus, seeing her son learn responsibility and patience.

“He kind of doesn’t like to pull weeds, but I mean who likes to pull weeds? We kind of have to stay on him sometimes about that, but for the most part he just knows we come down here and do it every day,” she said.

After picking, Tucker said they put in more work in the kitchen.

“We’ve been making hot sauce with our tomatoes, onions, garlic and jalapenos,” he said.
 
Most importantly, at the end of a long day, he said his favorite part about having a garden is eating the food he grows.
 
“He’s all boy to say the least,” said Heather.
 
Studies show when children have contact with soil during activities like digging and planting, they have improved moods and decreased anxiety. The self-esteem a child gets from picking that perfect tomato he grew himself is priceless.

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