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Third graders Seville Tran-Harrison, left, and Joie Cody plant vegetable seeds Friday in a raised bed garden outside Beeman Elementary School in Gloucester. Backyard Growers, a grassroots organization dedicated to reshaping Gloucester's relationship with food, visited all five elementary schools last week to help students with the project. The children planted various types of greens that they will harvest and eat in June. Planting the seeds and watching the vegetables grow gives the children a vested interest in healthy food, said Meghan Stratton, school programs manager at Backyard Growers. "A lot of kids will say they don't like salad greens," Stratton said. "But if they grow it themselves, one hundred percent of them will eat it." And many find that they like it.