A few raised garden beds have made a difference for kids growing and eating healthy food at one elementary school.
The pre-k to second graders at the John Fenwick Academy are engaged in hands on learning about growing and eating healthy food – and it involves getting their hands dirty.
Students are experiencing every step, from planting to eating what grows.
According to school nurse Jill Parris, “We thought it would be a good idea for the kids to get outside, get involved and see how gardens grow,” she said. “That way, they can see what they can do at home.”
Last year Parris brought washed lettuce and radishes to the school cafeteria, where kids performed a taste test.
“It shows they can eat things they grow in their own backyard, and it even tastes good and fresh,” she said. “To eat healthy can be expensive, so if they can grow it on their own, they’re going to save a lot and learn a lot.”