The school gardens are as much about teaching children and their families how to grow nutritious food as they are about producing food for school lunches. Students, teachers and parents learn important techniques for growing food, which can be replicated at home. We often provide students with seeds to begin gardens at home.

The gardens have also produced fresh, organic produce to be used in school lunches. Schools have grown and harvested tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and a wealth of other nutritious vegetables. These are all incorporated into the school lunch menu.

Without question, tending to the school garden is one of the most exciting activities in our health and nutrition program. Learning how to grow nutritious food is a critical life skill for guaranteeing food security in the future.