Bryant Pond's Harvest for Health
Harvest For Health is a developing sustainable gardening program at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center with the goal of sponsoring and supporting the use and awareness of sustainable agricultural practices within camp programs and in the larger community. By establishing on and off-site educational programs with area schools, the camp’s goal is to foster an understanding of the connections between the food we eat, and personal and environmental health. Our message is clear: sustainability can be a way of life, not just a way to eat.
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp hosts roughly 3000 students (many of which are at-risk or under-served) a year for outdoor, environmental, experiential, and STEM education programming. Another 1000 students are served through Bryant Pond staff hosting after school programs. Many afterschool programs are garden based during the spring. Youth who participate in Bryant Pond programming on site will benefit from the gardens through learning, experimentation, and most importantly- eating. At the beginning of each meal, local foods and produce grown on campus are showcased and discussed.
A core part of the 4-H pledge involves giving your hands to service. After every meal groups head to the compost to deposit food waste and kitchen scraps. Other groups will spend their service blocks working and playing in the garden.
Compared with classroom activities and lessons, or day trips to nature centers, the immersive experience of living and learning in a community for three days with one’s peers and teachers leads to the knowledge and affective change in perceptions and attitudes that are the basis of sustainable behavior change. When students sit down together for three locally sourced and intentionally prepared and served meals per day, combined with experiential food systems education, the nutritional, environmental, community, and economic benefits become real and tangible to learners.
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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