…more than just “gardening,” the Kids Growing Strong website is a growing resource for sharing the joy and the wonders of gardens with children.
Children learn best when actively involved in fun, imaginative and active hands-on learning experiences with family and friends. Kids Growing Strong helps you make those experiences happen.
ONLINE LEARNING: Check out the special learning modules covering general gardening and growing California fruits, nuts and vegetables with children.
Teach a Child to Garden, Grow Healthy Eating Habits for Life
Teach a kid to grow a carrot, and she’ll probably eat more of them, according a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The study found that kids who are involved in the process of growing their own food are more likely to have healthier diets. Children in 4th through 6th grades attended a YMCA summer camp program called “Delicious and Nutritious Garden,” during which they worked in the garden, taste-tested fruits and vegetables, and used them to make their own snacks. At the end of the 12-week program, 98 percent of kids said they liked the taste tests, 93 percent said they liked the cooking aspect, 96 percent liked working in the garden, and 91 percent said they actually enjoyed learning about fruits and vegetables. The research finding’s listed six key benefit areas of garden-based learning for children, youth, adults, and families:
- Nutrition Awareness
- Environmental Awareness
- Learning Achievements
- Life Skills
- Health and Wellness
- Community Building and Social Connections
Results from this study of middle school-aged students indicate that school gardening may affect children’s vegetable consumption, including improved recognition of, attitudes toward, preferences for, and willingness to taste vegetables. Gardening also increases the variety of vegetables eaten. Results showed that food and nutrition professionals should use this sort of “seed-to-table” education program to educate kids about healthy eating. With the economy as it is and current budget restraints that many find themselves under, this means we have a responsibility and an opportunity to grow gardens with our children. A small garden with only a vegetable or two is a huge investment in the health of our children. And…. we always love a fun project to get the sprouting minds excited!
More to Explore…
Online Training for Garden Leaders
Educational content developed to help Garden Leaders obtain a solid background in knowledge that would be helpful to creating bountiful and educational vegetable gardens designed especially for children. Topics currently available also includes Growing California Produce. CLICK HERE.
Topics we will be addressing in the coming months…
- How to successfully garden with children?
- Gardening activities that interest kids?
- How to grow healthy fruits & vegetables?
- Tips to use a garden to learn about science and nutrition?
- Educational and fun activities & crafts to do with families at home, church, events, fairs and schools.
- How to create colorful materials to help make learning fun and memorable?
- Creative California-fresh fruit and vegetable activities and recipes to help children develop healthy eating habits?
- Basic theory about how children learn with strategies to help make learning “stick?”
- How to help parents get the information they need to help their children grow healthy and strong?
- How to effectively network with local organizations to develop support?
- How to be part of the Kids Growing Strong network to gain free use of exhibits, handouts, seeds and displays?