Gardening season is among us. The reasons for gardening are limitless. Some plant fruits and veggies to save money. Some use it as a stress relief, and others use it to showcase their talents and creativity. The Florida Department of Agriculture uses it as an opportunity teach the community about MyPlate and the importance of healthy eating habits!
Last month, the Fresh for Florida Kids Garden was unveiled in Tallahassee, Florida. A group of children helped Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Adam Putnam and Gardener, Nathan Ballentine planted the garden all the while discussing the importance of healthy eating habits. They even went a step further and planted the garden in the shape of the new USDA icon, MyPlate! What a great way to bring awareness to such an important topic and share knowledge with children and the community.
If we allow children to be a part of the process, it keeps them engaged and their interest increases. It becomes more real to them when they take part in growing and caring for their own fruits and vegetables.
Research shows that children who participate in gardening are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Doesn't get much better than that! To learn more about this garden, watch this great video of the announcement. Adam Putnam does a great job of explaining the benefits of this garden and how it will impact the entire city of Tallahassee.