The Growing Kids Educational Garden Program
For over three years, the Growing Kids Educational Garden Program has given kids hands-on lessons about the good health values of fresh food along with a greater understanding of where food comes from.
The free garden classes are designed for children in kindergarten through 4th grade. Creative themes and teaching methods are developed for the lessons. The classes often feature guest teachers, such as farmers or other professionals in health or agriculture-related fields. The Growing Kids program succeeds because it encourages kid-centered, not-so-orderly gardening that allows children to learn through direct experience with each lesson taught. In 2013, close to 80 children were a part of the Growing Kids Educational Garden program in the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The garden project gives kids a delicious education about the good health values of fresh food. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. The learning doesn’t stop at the garden gate. The students are given seeds, plants and other items for homework projects. And most importantly, the kids are willing to eat the vegetables that they have grown in their garden. One of the main objectives of the garden program is to teach children about nutrition with an appreciation of food from seed to plate. The obesity rate for children in Tennessee is one of the highest in the nation. The garden program provides public opportunities to learn more about combating childhood obesity and sourcing local food for healthier meals.
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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