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Reno High School Student Gardners

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Addie Luippold has always had a green thumb, working her family's garden since she was little.

Now at Reno High her interest has grown to new heights.

"I will absolutely have a garden for the rest of my life and I think everybody should," says Addie.

She nourishes seedlings into fruits and vegetables...all with the help of her twin brother, Greg. "It's a really good sense of accomplishment. People are enjoying your food."

That's 'cause all the food grown by many high schools goes to reward racers at the Edible Pedal 100.

After a hard day on a grueling course, cyclists regain energy thanks to the sweat of students.

"The riders really appreciate when I can say that kid over there, that kid grew the tomatoes you're eating," says race organizer Kerry Crawford.

For the Luippold twins there is no greater source of pride.

"It's a really good sense of accomplishment people are enjoying your food," says Greg.

"I have a lot of pride in our tomatoes. We make so many wonderful beautiful tomatoes you can eat them like an apple," says Addie.

It's that passion that has earned Addie and Greg some green for all their hours spent on their greens.

Edible Pedal race organizers chose the twins to win a couple of their many scholarships.

"You can see from them they are going to make a difference in the world and that's our mission," says Crawford.

Their teacher was the first to implement their hands on environmental science class at Reno High four years ago.

"This is more than knowing where your food comes from, this is knowing how do you actually get it what the challenges are," says Scott Huber.

Students are grasping the root of organics and all the labor behind the label.

"It is so much more healthy for you and it really brings community together to grow it."

"We've gone out and terraced the hill at our house to make it good for production."

"We maintain the soil we test for nutrients."

And you can bet their journey into saving the environment has only just begun. Reno High is able to use three different gardens - one at UNR and another couple at private residences in Reno.

Their food will be served again at the Edible Pedal in September. And - remember the money raised by the 10, 50 and 100-mile bike rides goes right back into scholarships for kids.

To learn more or sign up go to http://www.ediblepedal100.org/

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