Late this spring, FamilyFarmed visited three school Learning Gardens installed by The Kitchen Community, a nonprofit that has created 400 such gardens nationwide… nearly 150 just in Chicago.
The story about these visits — including videos of children from underserved communities enjoying their new gardens — is available on FamilyFarmed’s Good Food on Every Table site: http://goodfoodoneverytable.org/2017/07/05/kitchen-community-growing-better-lives-one-garden-time/
The first thing we noticed when we visited a Learning Garden from The Kitchen Community is … joy. The chance to get their instruction outdoors instead of in the classroom — learning to put seeds in soil, nurture the plants, and then harvest the food they have grown — is something the children really seem to relish.
Students are taught to use the math, science and other subjects they are studying as they tend to the garden. Yet it may take a few years, at least for the little ones, to realize what serious purposes are behind this fun school time. The Kitchen Community aims for these Learning Gardens to help instill healthy eating habits at a very young age, so the kids — many of them living in communities with low access to nutritious food options — will grow up understanding what “Real Food” is and demand it.