Brown County Library Cellcom Children's Edible Garden
The Library is recapturing plaza space in front of its Central Library to install a children’s edible garden. Teaching children is part of our educational mission. Involving children in an activity that highlights sustainability learning, making the connection to where food comes from, and introducing new foods to children will reap long-term benefits. Research indicates that children who are involved in gardening are more likely to eat vegetables and healthy foods. The area schools provide free lunch to 59% of our students. The Children’s Edible Garden with planters and beds will give children the opportunity to learn and engage in planting, nurturing and harvesting of vegetable and fruits. The center plaza will serve as a learning space where classes can gather for garden-related programs. This will include a learning kiosk with how-to guides, a demonstration area, and storage for shovels, trowels, watering cans, etc.
Providing experiential learning inspires children to further investigate and learn through reading which results in heightened deductive skills and improved reading proficiency. This project will strive to increase children’s participation and enjoyment in learning activities with hands-on garden planting, weeding, and harvesting of vegetables and fruits by:
• Teaching appreciation of the environment.
• Providing activities for children to practice personal growth and social skills including working together, developing diverse relationships and problem solving.
• Teaching about nutrition and health. Children will try new foods when they have grown the food themselves or have been involved in harvesting it. There is curriculum and educational materials available that the Library plans to adapt and use to teach “food literacy”.
• Providing opportunities for children to learn about plant life cycles, photosynthesis, seed production, insects both harmful and beneficial, and composting.
• Reinforcing that gardening is fun and is a skill to use later in life.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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