Lansing School District Gardens
The Lansing School District created a gardening project to motivate K-8 students to develop healthy habits. Students are given the opportunity to spend their recess times at their school gardens. Gardening allows our students to gain hands-on experience as well as learn more about their agricultural heritage. Our district's goals are to increase the consumption of locally grown produce and give young students a sense of environmental appreciation. Lansing Schools motivate students to consume more fruits and vegetables through gardening programs. The children are becoming excited about protecting and preserving their school grounds. The communities in which our schools are located also benefit from our school gardens. Not only do the kids take the produce home to their families, our teachers get a share. In addition, we donate about 70% of our produce to local soup kitchen so that community members get the opportunity to afford fresh food and have healthy daily meals. Moreover, part of our produce is used in our schools' nutrition classes for taste testing. Our gardens give parents, students, and community members a dynamic environment for learning new things and promoting harmony through team work.
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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