Tractor Supply Company gardening program impacts thousands of Tennessee students

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A gardening program sponsored by Tractor Supply Company is making an impact on over 6,000 students in Tennessee.

Tractor Supply Company launched "Dig It," a school garden pilot program designed for students in the kindergarten through fifth grade across Tennessee. Tractor Supply awarded $500 to 33 schools to either start or sustain a school garden program.

East Tennessee schools that are participating in Dig It include schools in Clinton, Tellico Plains, Corryton, Morristown, Knoxville, Oneida, Maryville, Rockwood, Kingsport, Seymour, and Crossville.

"Dig It gets kids outside and out of the traditional classroom setting, using their hands and minds in different ways that we hope will nurture a growing curiosity about what is on their own dinner tables, while encouraging a budding interest in how the world around them works," said Tractor Supply's Director of Store Marketing Lisa White.

Tractor Supply partnered with the National Agriculture in the Classroom to create a curriculum centered on providing hands-on learning opportunities that deepen the students' connection to where food comes from.

Dig It is designed around the growing season and lasts through the end of the school year.