Community Gardening in Schools - Getting kids involved
Community Gardens are becoming a need for healthy food options in schools. Allowing schools to implement a community garden program could bring to light how important healthy food options are, and how many communities within their school district struggle with hunger and finding a regular source for nutritious food.
Creating community gardens as part of a base curriculum in our K-12 schools would host a multitude of benefits! First, it would allow students to be a part of the process - learning where and how their food gets to them. This sparks an interest and pride, learning and helping their garden grow. Doesn't it taste better when you harvest from your backyard garden? Mine sure does!
It goes so much farther - we could stock lunchrooms across districts. And, some school community gardens have enough produce to donate to local food shelves giving a whole new aspect of food, shelf life and the never ending need for healthy food options.
The year of the pandemic has really shown us just how hard it can be for some communities to gain regular access to healthy food. With food deserts popping up left and right all over the country, now is the best time to make community gardening part of the new normal for our youth.
When exposed early and integrated into a regular curriculum, gardening becomes like second nature. Fruits and vegetables become what we seek instead of junk food. Helping the community by donating overflow- shows kids where and how their hard work affects other people in a positive way.
When we can grow and share our food, everyone wins.
Providing an engaging and fun way to learn about healthy food options, community gardening and why these are important - helps keep the next generation involved, engaged and ready to take on the next food crisis.
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