The primary goal of the garden is to use it as an educational tool for our preprimary and lower school students. It is critically important to begin teaching children about the source of their food and the importance of healthy eating from a very young age. We believe young children are more likely to taste and try new foods if they have had an active role in planting, caring for, picking the produce, and preparing the meal. This garden offers us a space dedicated for use by preprimary students where they can observe how their gardening efforts result in healthy produce for their classrooms.
We have been interested in planting a garden, focused on growing fruits and vegetables, for several years. Work began on the garden this school year by preparing the soil, investing in composting supplies, and bringing students into the space to get them excited about our new garden. Receiving funding from Kitchen Gardeners International will allow us to purchase the supplies we need to build raised beds for our crops, buy plants and seeds, and invest in curriculum materials that will support the lessons our students are learning in the garden.
Through our garden curriculum, we anticipate working in the garden will facilitate the following for our students:
- Cooperation, teamwork, and multiage efforts working towards a common goal
- Dispositions of learning, such as patience, hard work, risk-taking and problem-solving
- Hands-on, experiential learning through active involvement of the students and teachers
- Awareness of the true source of their food
- Interconnectedness with nature and complexity of the natural world
- Responsibility and ownership of the care and maintenance of the garden
- Positive attitude towards healthy eating, trying new foods, and developing a positive outlook on food
- Family involvement through volunteer hours, learning about diverse cultures and ethnic recipes and traditions
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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