Grains, grasses, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and edible flowers, all come from a farm or garden somewhere. Children find farms and gardens absolutely fascinating and welcome the opportunity to participate. Children actually enjoy, and even ask for more, fruits and vegetables after having a helping-hand in planting and harvesting them. Children who experience gardening have multiple opportunities to learn about working cooperatively, science, math, art, reading, writing, weather, wildlife, insects, and all about plant life, food, health and nutrition.
Gardens do not have to be located just in your own backyard either; school, camp, and public children's gardens are gaining popularity throughout the nation. During recent years, I have had the pleasure and opportunity to visit and research several children's gardens. Look for my top 10 Plant Picks for a Children's Garden in articles published on www.davesgarden.com.
'Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Gardening with Children'
Part 1- Best Plants for Gardening with Kids
Camden Children's Garden
Fruits and Veggies, More Matters
Benefits of Gardening for Children
"Mommy, look what I picked!" Improving Children's Nutrition and Health through Gardening by Diana Wind
- A Garden Pilot project enhances Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Children
- Impact of Garden-Based Youth Nutrition Intervention Programs: A Review
- Understanding gardening and dietary habits among youth garden program participants using the Theory of Planned Behavior
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