Verdi EcoSchool in Eau Gallie uses a farm to teach science, math, history

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Rays from the hot mid-autumn Florida sun cut holes through the treetops shading Verdi Eco-School, coloring the dirt paths winding through the property.

Children, some dressed in Halloween costumes, ran among the plants, picnic tables and mats before settling in for their next study sessions.

Ayana and John Verdi, who founded the school in Melbourne’s Eau Gallie arts precinct in 2016, lead the way to a shady gazebo behind one of the school’s two main buildings.

The whole place is teeming with life, from indoor math classes to the yard-long beans, radishes, cauliflower, bok choy, papaya and cranberry hibiscus growing in raised beds and furrowed rows across campus.

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