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Beaver Valley benefits from custodian's fruitful hobby

October 29, 2010
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FORT MORGAN, CO — Luckily for the students and staff at Beaver Valley Elementary School, custodian Kenneth Snyder saw agricultural potential in a little-used courtyard behind the school, according to The Fort Morgan Times.
For no reason other than his fondness of gardening, Snyder transformed the courtyard into a fruitful patch of pumpkins, yellow squash, zucchini and tomatoes during the last two growing seasons, the article noted.
Snyder said the Beaver Valley staff members have shown the most interest in the vegetables, which they have taken home to their families.
Just in time for Halloween, however, "The pumpkins are really more for the kids," Snyder said.
Snyder said the children at the school are usually excited when the pumpkins begin to come in, but they were particularly amused by the human faces that seemed to grow on last year''s patch of gourds: He scratched the humanlike features onto the skin of the pumpkins when they were very young and the resulting scars grew with the plants as they matured, the article stated.
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