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At Tuttle’s, visually impaired children get a hands-on lesson about gourds


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Another sense: Jacob Allen, 7 (above), works his fingers across the rough stem of a pumpkin, using his sense of touch to visualize what he is encountering. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Another sense: Jacob Allen, 7 (above), works his fingers across the rough stem of a pumpkin, using his sense of touch to visualize what he is encountering. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Getting her bearings: Stella Alford, 4, is learning to use a cane to explore her environment, and a trip to the pumpkin patch Tuesday provided a good test. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Getting her bearings: Stella Alford, 4, is learning to use a cane to explore her environment, and a trip to the pumpkin patch Tuesday provided a good test. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Twins Reily, left and Lucas Allison, 4,  help wheel their pumpkin selections to the family car after a visit to Tuttle Orchards Tuesday. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Twins Reily, left and Lucas Allison, 4, help wheel their pumpkin selections to the family car after a visit to Tuttle Orchards Tuesday. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — It’s the time of year when schoolchildren from throughout central Indiana trek to Hancock County’s Tuttle Orchards for field trips whose highlight is a trip to the eight-acre pumpkin patch. On Tuesday, students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired experienced the pumpkin patch in another dimension, learning by touch about something they couldn’t see.

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