Do you know where your food comes from? Because chances are your child doesn’t.
When researchers asked a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders this question, they found that half of the students didn’t know pickles were cucumbers or that onions and lettuce were plants.
With that said, it’s no surprise that nearly one-third of American youth are either overweight or obese.
But we can change these numbers and we want to start in the garden.
Studies show students whose schools integrated gardening into their curriculum had a positive attitude towards fruits and vegetables, ate healthier, and exercised more.
Aside from promoting a healthier lifestyle, school gardens:
Inspire children to protect the environment
Increase a student’s cognitive power
Improve students’ self-confidence as they bond with classmates
Encourage students to develop team work and communication skills
And the benefits don’t end there. Because gardening allows students to reconnect with the natural world, they understand the true source of their food is not within the air-conditioned aisles of a grocery store.
With your donation, we can provide the tools your child needs to blossom into a healthier, eco-conscious, gardening wiz. Every flourishing garden grew from the tiniest seed. Will you be the one to sow a seed in ours?