Last Friday, the kids and I supported B Kind 2 Earth Day by working out in our garden. The mosquitoes were horrendous, but we enjoyed talking about different ways we can grow food, as well as the kinds of food that can be grown in our own backyard. During our discussions, I asked if they thought their friends at school would like to learn more about gardening and asked the question, “If your school had a garden what would you plant and how would you guys take care of it as a class?”
Not at all surprised I found that they WOULD want a school garden, moreover, they feel their class should learn more about gardening and the benefits of being more green. In fact, they aren’t the ONLY ones who feel that way. Welch’s Harvest Grant Program received 7,000 application submissions from schools and teachers to receive their very own school garden. Does your school have one? If so, have you seen the benefits from it, first hand?
If you’re not familiar with the Welch’s Harvest Grant Program, you might remember that I posted about it back in October. It’s a program dedicated to providing gardens to schools to teach children where their food comes from and motivate them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Winners included a school in Sonoma, CA and another in Whitman, MA! Congrats to all the winners chosen, but moreover, thanks for putting your school first by introducing the importance of gardening, a green movement taking over schools each year!
To see more of the winners head over to www.scholastic.com/harvest. There you’ll find green thumb activities, educational benefits of school gardens, and be able to participate in the Garden in Action forum where you can share ideas with other adults about gardens and gardening at school and in your own backyard.
This is our first year to garden, so I need all the help I can get. Hopefully, our school will see the benefits of such a program and we can help launch a garden for the students in our community. Tell me, do you have any gardening tips for me and my family?
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