Our Mission

Our mission is to partner with our community to provide resources and knowledge to help our students discover where their food comes from.

So, why should your school have a garden? Because what we feed our children, and what we teach them about food in school shapes how they learn, how they grow and how long they will live. And children today—in schools all across the nation—are in need.

  • In the last 30 years, the percentage of American children who are overweight or obese has tripled.
  • 1 in 3 children born in the year 2000 are on track to develop Type II diabetes (1 in 2 if they are a child of color).
  • 23% of all American children face food insecurity.
  • Only 2% of children eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • The typical elementary student receives just 3.4 hours of nutrition education each year.

 

 In the face of these challenges, school garden programs can help children grow up to be healthier.

  • Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and to be more knowledgeable about nutrition.
  • They are also more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives.
  • Children who eat fruits and vegetables are more to carry this healthy habit into adulthood, as well, which can stave off diet-related disease over their lifetimes.

School gardens programs not only promote healthy lifestyles in children, but have also been shown to improve children's behavior and performance at school and improve their attitudes about and appreciation for the environment. Gardens serve as great outdoor classrooms for any number of subjects, including science and ecology, math, creative writing and art. School gardens are wonderful spaces for kids with different learning styles and abilities to work in groups and engage in hands-on, cross-disciplinary education. 
- Whole Kids Foundation supplied the above information.