Friday, October 12, 2007

Dirty Hands, Healthy Plants

More schools and day care centers are adding hands on gardening to their programs. Here where I work, our day care center kids planted and nurtured an extraordinary garden. We've also written about the good work being done at the Hill School in Virginia.

Down in Florida, a place called The Village School has a program to get kids involved in gardening, another good model for schools across the country.

“Kids today aren’t in touch with the cycle of nature,” she said. “They don’t know how food is grown. Studies have shown that kids who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat vegetables.”

Brown said that with childhood obesity becoming more and more prevalent in society, children aren’t living as well as they used to.

About 19 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The dream is that by doing this, we are going to reach more families and get the children healthier, more in tune with the environment and teach them to respect nature,” Brown said."

More here.