Growing Garden Ambassadors in North Charleston, SC
Owens Christian Academy in North Charleston, SC is located within a food desert and Mrs. Owens has a lot to say about the impact the new garden has had on her students, parents, staff and her personal cooking habits.
Learning about and managing a school garden has allowed the children to have a better idea of where their food comes from and now most students are asking their parents to grow personal gardens at home. Garden lessons have provided a very sensory experience for the children and they have enjoyed sampling food and drinks that are made with garden ingredients, mountain mint tea was a big hit with students and teachers alike.
Mrs. Owens sees vegetable and fruit production in a new light now that she and her students are involved in maintaining a small garden. She has a higher level of respect for local farmers who manage larger, commercial operations.
Having a variety of herbs at school has also influenced Mrs. Owens' home cooking. She now uses different herbs to flavor recipes which has reduced her family's salt intake. Rosemary is her favorite go-to herb for most dishes.
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