Wyckoff Hospital WIC Garden
Our garden serves as an educational portal where children and mothers can develop the skills needed to produce their own vegetables and herbs. As a nutrition program, WIC promotes healthy eating especially consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables which has been linked with lower childhood and adults obesity. The space is not an issue in our site and we can still grow the plants or have a garden using flower pots. We teach our participants about nutrients found in the growing produce and their benefits to their health. Our goal is to increase WIC participants interest in gardening, increased consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables and closer connection with the land and the environment. This will be the third year that we have grown vegetables and herbs in the garden. We have seen more involvement of the children and mothers in the facilitated group discussions conducted in the garden. Participants learn seasonality and cycling of nature, connect plants with the fruits, and fruits with health benefits. This garden represents an opportunity for our WIC participants to engage in the growing of their own fruits and vegetables and thereby increasing the likelihood of consumption.
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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