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If they GROW it they ll EAT it, The children love to harvest the fruit and vegetables they have grown They make a new sign for our family style salad. bar each day highlighting which parts of the green salad came from our garden complete with a hand drawn picture of. the vegetable or edible flower Simone Taylor Redwood Community Action Agency. If you ask a young child where food comes from the most common answer is the grocery store Understanding where. food comes from and how fruits and vegetables are harvested is essential to understanding better nutritional values and. practices The more exposure and understanding of this the better chance a child has at eating healthier and avoiding bad. food habits The key here is introducing more fruits and vegetables to a child s diet What better way to start the process. early in a child s life than by introducing a school garden program where kids are growing their own fruits and vegetables. The children feel a sense of pride in their school gardening efforts Being interested in what is grown in the garden. compels the children to be more willing to try the fruits of their labor Eating fruits and vegetables may be a struggle at. home but with school gardening activities it connects them to the food. The children eat the food they grow and share it with their families They also enjoyed discovering how much things had grown. They are much more interested in eating their veggies now. Karna Allen The Salvation Army Harbor House Childcare Center. California preschools from across the state have experienced results in exposing young children to better eating habits. by implementing a school garden program The entire gardening process is a journey of discovery for these young. children What better place to expose a better diet for their futures than by planting growing harvesting and eating their. The grant package helped us to sustain our garden in a numerous amount of ways but the most noticeable ways were probably. the variety of fruits and vegetables in our garden this year as well as supplying us with new tools for the garden The array of. vegetables this year got the children open to trying new things They learned that they really liked squash but also learned that. many of them didn t like beets Getting children to try new food is always a plus so you could imagine how excited I was when. my whole class tried all the fruits and vegetables from the garden The tools were also a big thing that the grant helped out with. Since we were able to supply the children with new gardening tools the children got more of a chance to help out with the whole. gardening process They loved getting the shovels and turning the dirt They also loved raking the dirt into rows for the garden. Danielle Roberts Family Matters Child Care Center, This guide has been written to help preschools develop a garden program of their own. Findings in a recent study by the Center for Disease Control for adolescence and school health provide more value in. the cause for having a school garden, Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent. health problems such as obesity dental caries iron deficiency and osteoporosis. Schools are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and help ensure appropriate food and nutrient intake. among students Schools provide students with opportunities to consume an array of foods and beverages. throughout the school day and enable students to learn about and practice healthy eating behaviors. Schools should ensure that only nutritious and appealing foods and beverages are provided in school cafeterias. vending machines snack bars school stores and other venues that offer food and beverages to students In addition. nutrition education should be part of a comprehensive school health education curriculum. Source CDC com,School Garden Guide Checklist,1 Western Growers Foundation Grant. This is how you can fund your school garden Money will be available to start your garden program This will. afford purchasing of supplies garden boxes tools seeds and learning materials This can be accomplished on any. campus with any amount of space available If you re limited in space raised garden boxes can be built to house. the garden,2 CSGN org, Our website will help guide and supplement the garden start up with added information for the novice and.
advanced gardener Stay connected with the California school garden movement here Watch videos read articles. and include your garden s story here,3 Garden Lessons. Lessons can be incorporated for the entire school From healthy eating habits to practical growing and. harvesting to more advanced science lessons the school garden will serve many different roles See our 7 Tips. section for ideas on how the garden becomes a lesson on its own. 4 Added Value, The school garden will be a place of discovery for young students This is where they will learn about new foods. and try new things Students love watering the garden The growing plants become fruit where food and healthy. eating habits are introduced,5 Garden Time, Having a garden means more time outside for the students More time is spent outside working in the garden. and the students will enjoy this break from the classroom The students will be up and moving by taking part in. the environment of the garden Some students will want to work in the garden beyond the required time as they. acquire a passion for it,6 Leadership, Having staff leadership and direction will enhance the overall health of the garden This will also create leadership. within the students and ownership of the garden,7 Tips and Advice.
Strong volunteers and parent involvement can lead to a long lasting garden With community support the garden. will reach heights that not all teachers have the time for because of already full schedules The garden does take. time but it doesn t feel like work,8 Garden Benefits. Healthier eating habits will be introduced by knowing where the food they are eating comes from This is a good. thing Eating more fruits and vegetables is the theme here. 9 Wellness, Learning about fruits and vegetables at an early age can carry on for a lifetime of healthier eating choices. 10 Sustainability and Organic, These buzz words are more than just words when a young student can actually define these by practicing these. methods The healthy teachings of this lifestyle can be learned by implementing a school garden program. 7 Tips for Preschool Edible Gardens, TIP 1 Patience Learning about the plant life cycle. School gardens allow the students to experience the plant life. cycle which takes time and patience The young students see. how the farming and growing process work Patience practiced. at the school garden often carries over to other areas. The students learn about the different seeds of fruits and. vegetables and how these are planted and cared for while the. plants grow The weather patterns and cycles are also great. teaching moments for the students,Rainy Days, After a rainy day one of the children told the teacher that the.
vegetables were not going to grow because there was no sun The. teacher explained that the rain was good for the garden and it. would help things to grow which is why they watered the garden Later that week the teacher asked the children what does a plant. need to grow and the child responded sun and water because it didn t rain today Danielle Triplett Horizons. Young students in a garden program will also value the importance of taking care of something They learn very quickly. that watering a plant is more than just pouring water into the ground after the plants begin to grow and come to life As. a plant is cared for it begins to mature This process is where patience is taught and valued After time the plants start. showing fruit and this is where the light bulb will come on for most students They can see their hard work pay off and. actual see the teachings of the plant life cycle happening in their school garden. Children were able to have hands on experience with preparing the soil planting watering and watching the veggies grow Along. with the Science curriculum we were able to dissect everything about planting from soil seeds roots to the growing vegetables. We talked about different herbs and how they are different in smell We also talked about vegetables in season We had a great. season of organic veggies that we turned in to cooking activities in each classroom We had vegetable soup and pickles parents. took herbs home to cook with children In addition we also used the soil and insects that lived in it to explain to children the cycle. of life So many topics it was an endless year with lots of fun and information for children and parents. Namyoung Lisa Kim KYCC Children s Center,TIP 2 Trash What Trash. Sustainability might be too big of a word for pre school students. but the idea is one that can be taught Here s an example of how. kids can see the value of waste in a new way, A moment that comes to me is showing the cycle of life to a group of kindergarteners by cutting down the garlic braid we had. made in the summer and using it as seed bulb for our fall sowing The children actively participated in fertilizing the earth with. recycled organic matter planting it with stock that they had earlier harvested and grown on the same site They were intricately. involved in the rhythms of nature the seasons and the cycles of life and you could see it in their eyes. Tara Blaine Beginners Inc,TIP 3 Creatures Are Great. Once a garden starts to mature the creatures will start appearing and find a home of their own This can be great fun for. the kids and little scary for others The bugs of the garden are a great teaching lesson in what bugs need to survive and. how bugs feed off the garden This relationship is essential for the gardens success and teaches the children the function. of bugs From worms to bees to butterflies there s a lot going on in a garden that the kids get to experience up close. What better place to see bees and worms hard at work. Bugs Are Good, We focused on plant lifespan and which plants are considered fruits vegetables and or herbs We adapted these topics by adding. things like the lifespan of a butterfly We raised butterflies in the classroom and then released them in our garden Children made. butterflies of their own Later we noticed that caterpillars were forming in our garden as well The children were very explorative. about the new additions we hadn t added ourselves To expand as the weeks past the children did activities on bugs and how they. affect our garden Children made bugs out of rocks Some took them home and some placed them in our garden Curriculum in the. garden at times emerged and child centered as they became the leaders of their interest much of the time as well. LaMonica Hopkins Board of Trustees of the Glide Foundation. A Bug Story Operation Relocation, I have this one child in my class who is completely fascinated by insects and other bugs She tends to get the class into them as.
well Well one week she noticed these big green caterpillars on the tomato plants She was extremely fascinated by them and took. one and showed everyone else I had no idea what it was so I gave myself homework for that night and researched them Come. to find out they were actually pest They weren t going to turn into beautiful butterflies but instead a Five Spotted Hawkmoth So. the next day we discussed the hornworms Once they found out they were going to eat our tomatoes we had to figure out what. we were going to do about them Some of the suggestions included let them stay kill them and taking them off We decided on. Operation Relocation Operation Relocation was us picking off the hornworms putting them in a box with a small tomato plant we. pulled up so they wouldn t starve and taking them to a park That one child s love of bugs took us on this wonderful adventure. Danielle Roberts Family Matters Child Care Center, The garden has several parts to enjoy Some might enjoy farming Some will enjoy the dirt While others will enjoy the. TIP 4 Teamwork Grows Good Things, It takes a team of people to make a garden grow From classroom. teachers to parents and community support the more people involved. the better chance the garden has for longevity,Start Recruiting Volunteers Early. To help establish the garden we recruited parent volunteers to build the beds and fill them with soil We were able to invite them. to do this during our agency clean up day Once the garden beds were available to the classrooms teachers added gardening to. their daily routine and lesson plans Each classroom has different ideas and plans on how to garden however the majority spend. approximately 30 minutes per week in the garden We also invited parent volunteers to help during the Family Literacy Event. Various activities involving literacy and healthy habits were available to children and families The gardening activity was set up. outside and children were given planting materials such as small pots soil and seeds Children decorated their pots planted their. seeds and took them home to harvest Isabel Simard Orange County Head Start Inc. The school garden also promotes teamwork with the children The students work in collaborative groups planting. growing harvesting cleaning and maintaining the garden This creates a social environment as well where communicating. at an early age will carry over to other areas in the classroom and at home. If They Grow It They ll Eat It 7 Tips for Pre School Edible Gardens If you ask a young child where food comes from the most common answer is the grocery store Understanding where food comes from and how fruits and vegetables are harvested is essential to understanding better nutritional values and practices The more exposure and understanding of this the better chance a child has at

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