CDC Garden Project
The CDC Garden is set inside the walls of the Child Development Center where children between the ages of 8 weeks old to 5 years old get a jump-start on early, high-quality education. This 500 square foot garden provides an area where the students establish a sense of ownership in their work with the produce. They help dig holes, plant seeds, turn dirt, water and watch the plants grow as part of their ongoing classroom curriculum. Being an active part, from start to finish, creates a better understanding for their dedication to these edible crops. The children take pride in their work and enjoy the harvest of these crops they watched sprout from seeds. The Center also receives support and guidance from the onsite horticulturist for the Fairplex campus. When they're not getting their hands dirty, in the classroom they learn how plants grow through the help of water and sunlight.
Students submersed in this atmosphere come to an appreciation of the plants they care for and learn how they grow. Gathered crops are sent home with families along with healthy recipes. Since students are a part of the whole process, they are more willing to try a wider variety of vegetables. Located just outside the classrooms, the garden serves as a daily reminder of the importance of healthy eating. Classrooms partake in cooking activities to demonstrate healthy eating practices. Teachers recently taught students that foods like kale, carrots and broccoli can also made into juice. Success of this program will continue to be measured through students’ participation in the different processes, being able to identify crops they have helped grow, willingness to try crops that they have not tried yet and hearing feedback from the families that they have implemented some of the healthy eating practices within their home.
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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