Discovering our Food System is an interdisciplinary, community-based exploration of the people and processes that shape our food system. Rooted in the places we live, eat, work, learn, and play, DFS will help youth better understand what the food system means to them, how it affects their community and their health, and ways in which they can influence the food system.
In the last two years, about 10,000 pounds have been harvested for needy families and soup kitchens. This year for the first time, these vegetables will be included in the school lunch program. Soil-test samples were sent to the University of Florida extension.
LE MARS -- From planting seeds to weeding and thinning plants, children are learning in the Le Mars Hy-Vee One Step Garden. Youngsters attending Le Mars YMCA Day Camp planted a variety of vegetables, including peppers, radishes, carrots, green beans and more.
Teachers from Boulder's Creekside Elementary traveled to California in the summer of 2008 to learn more about the burgeoning school garden movement and participate in workshops on gardens as learning tools.
Many of the kids who go to John J. Pershing Elementary School in Dallas do not spend much time outdoors. They live in what some would describe as unsafe neighborhoods and their parents often do not let them go outside and play.
Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts.
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