Friday, October 17, 2008

Plant a School Garden

Does the school your child attend have a garden? School gardens are becoming more and more prevalent. Why? Because gardens placed in the school environment help to foster both environmental and nutritional literacy in children. Children learn to appreciate naturally-grown food, eat healthier, and become part of a community that works together to produce food. It is a powerful tool to both teach and raise awareness about health and nutrition. When children grow food and eat healthy, they begin to understand the connection between food and well-being, and realize the importance of creating something that can build relationships, stewardship, and health.

How can you make a difference?
  • Encourage your child to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Ask your child's teacher about activities, lessons, and field trips in which the children in your child's class can participate in and become educated about community agriculture.
  • Talk to your principal and other school officials about starting a garden at your child's school.
  • Get involved locally and build relationships with other parents who care about children's health. Find out if other schools in your community have already planted gardens and can lend some advise or resource information.
For more information about school gardens, visit Better School Food and School Garden Wizard.

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