Kids in the Garden
Christina, Jenny, Kathy and Pamela
Why garden with kids?
• Children are natural gardeners
• Nutrition Knowledge & Eating Habits
• Increased Physical Activity...
Obesity in America
• In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has
more than doubled in children and tripled in
adolescents....
NOTE: Obesity is body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile of the sex- and age-
specific 2000 CDC growt...
Food Insecurity
• 50 million Americans do not know where their
next meal will come from
• This includes 1 in 4 children
• ...
Gardens empower children
• Teach kids to grow their own food
– Self sustaining & sustains community
– Gives them control o...
Christina Turner
• Grow Yourself Healthy
• Ways to Incorporate Gardens into Education
“A healthy child is a
teachable chil...
Grow Yourself Healthy
• Garden Based Nutrition Program
– Promotes healthful eating habits
– Increases physical activity
– ...
Program Objectives
• 85% of students will be able to name the MyPlate
food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein
and...
Program Results
• FY13 data entry and analysis is underway
• FY12 results
– Knowledge gains were seen in all areas
– Excee...
Curriculum
• Nutrition/horticulture curriculum tied to the common
core educational standards
• Formal Lessons offered in t...
Common Core Education Standards
• English Language Arts Grades 3, 4 and 5
– Writing Standards
• production and distributio...
Direct Education Approach
• Each GYH lesson has 3 parts: learn, grow and taste
• Students are engaged in different group a...
Science
• Plant, Earth Environmental and Physical Sciences
• Garden Experiments and Science Fairs
– Plant a question
– Spr...
Math
• Calculate
• Estimate
• Measure
• Weigh
• Graph
History and Social Studies
• Origination of plants and
regions of the world
• Agricultural History
• Cultural/Ethnic diffe...
Language Arts
• Read, Write, Draw
• Poems, stories, letters, posters, informative flyers,
research
• Observe, brainstorm
Health and Nutrition
• Increase consumption and preference of fruits
and vegetables
• Food groups and nutrients our body n...
Art, Music, Drama
• Painting, drawing
• Labels
• Collages, mosaics
• Puppet shows and plays
• Sing and Dance
• Flower and ...
Benefits of School Gardens
• Concrete experiences, hands
on learning
• Motivation for the reluctant
learner
• Variety to t...
Kids need gardens
• Promote healthful choices and fight obesity
• Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
• Promote ...
Questions?
Kathy Williams
• Promotion of Children’s Health
• Physical Activity
I can garden. . . but with kids?
Preparation
• So important
• Small groups work best
• Pre-fill containers
• Set out tools
• Fill water buckets
• Have extr...
Flexibility
• Expect plans to change
• Time constraints
• Have a backup plan
• Garden chores make great substitutions
Engage Imagination
• 5 senses
• Choose plants with interesting names
• Choose plants with interesting shapes and colors
“T...
Safety / Garden Rules
• Establish the garden
guidelines before going out
to the garden
• Keep them simple: show
respect, l...
Everyone can participate
• Allow access for wheel
chairs between containers
and garden beds
• Leave room at the edge of
th...
Growing in Containers / Garden Beds
• Adapt to your home
• Options on a porch or
balcony
• Garden Plot
• Container gardeni...
Learning Topics
• Wonder of seeds
• What plants need
• How to water
• How to transplant
• Planning a garden bed
or contain...
Wonder of Seeds
• How does a seed know it is
supposed to grow into a
pepper or an eggplant?
• What is inside of a seed?
• ...
What do plants need to grow?
• Sun
• Water
• Air
• Good Soil with nutrients
• Temperature
• What do kids need to be
health...
How to water-Get low and go slow!
• #1 favorite task
of kids!
• Physical
mechanics of
watering
• Look at the plant
– are t...
How to transplant a seedling
• Takes a little practice
• Protecting the stem
• Observe the roots
How to plan a garden
• Choose easy to grow plants and vegetables
• Plan space in the container or garden bed
• Companion p...
Compost / Soil
• What is healthy soil?
• What is compost?
• How do you make it?
• What does a worm do
for the soil?
Parts of the plant
• Roots
• Stems
• Leaves
• Fruit
• Flower
Pollinators
• Why are they important to the health of our garden?
• Why are they important to the world’s food supply?
Activities
• Magnifying hand lens
• Rulers, measuring sticks
• Scales
• Scavenger Hunt Bag
• Celery Experiment
• Root Vue
...
“To plant a garden is to believe in the future” Author Unknown
Pamela Van Hoozer
• Sustaining a school garden
• Keeping commitment
“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can...
Challenges
• Keeping everyone involved and committed
• Integrating curriculum & keeping focus
• Individual school challeng...
Best Practices
• Location
• Permanence
• Organic
• Crop diversity
• Curriculum Integration
• Organization
• Administrative...
Success in the Garden
• Enlist help from the
community
• Volunteers! Recruit, retain,
recognize
• Communicate: build
relat...
Planning
• Include everything
– Sustainability
– Daily needs
– Long range goals
– Engagement
– Set children up for success...
Maintenance
• Calendars
• Special Events
• Task List
• Debriefing
• Alternate plans
• Evaluate / feedback
Motivation
• Include everyone
• Journal
• Draw pictures
• Read stories
• Garden games: Follow the
leader, I spy
• Challeng...
Far reaching benefits of Gardening
• Physical
• Psychological
• Cultural
• Educational
Resources
• Garden Wizardry for Kids
– By Patricia Kite
• Gardening Projects for Kids
– By Jenny Hendy
• Healthy Foods Fro...
Available for free online
• Junior Master Gardener Handbook
– www.jmgkids.org
• Grow Yourself Healthy Fall Curriculum
– ht...
Go Grow Yourself Healthy!
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Grow Your Own, Nevada! Summer 2013: Kids in the Garden

  1. 1. Kids in the Garden Christina, Jenny, Kathy and Pamela
  2. 2. Why garden with kids? • Children are natural gardeners • Nutrition Knowledge & Eating Habits • Increased Physical Activity • Positive Behavior, Attitude, Life Lessons • You can always use an extra set of hands
  3. 3. Obesity in America • In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. • In 2010, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. • In Washoe County, the student obesity rate is 38% - which is higher than the national average.
  4. 4. NOTE: Obesity is body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile of the sex- and age- specific 2000 CDC growth charts. SOURCES: CDC/NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) I–III; and NHANES, 1999–2000, 2001–2002, 2003–2004, 2005–2006, 2007–2008, and 2009–2010. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity_child_09_10/obesity_child_09_10.htm Trends in obesity among children and adolescents aged 2–19 years, by sex: United States, 1971–1974 through 2009–2010
  5. 5. Food Insecurity • 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal will come from • This includes 1 in 4 children • The US Department of Agriculture estimates 101 million people currently participate in at least one of 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012. • Documentary: "A Place at the Table-One Nation Underfed"
  6. 6. Gardens empower children • Teach kids to grow their own food – Self sustaining & sustains community – Gives them control of their health – Entrepreneurial skills – Classroom correlations come alive – Outside and Active
  7. 7. Christina Turner • Grow Yourself Healthy • Ways to Incorporate Gardens into Education “A healthy child is a teachable child.” -Joe Dibble, RD,CSSD,CSCS
  8. 8. Grow Yourself Healthy • Garden Based Nutrition Program – Promotes healthful eating habits – Increases physical activity – Promotes positive life behaviors to prevent obesity and chronic disease
  9. 9. Program Objectives • 85% of students will be able to name the MyPlate food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy) • 85% of students will be able to name at least two foods from each food group • 85% will correctly identify at least three benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables • 85% will be able to name at least two types of physical activity • 85% will be able to name the benefit of hand washing
  10. 10. Program Results • FY13 data entry and analysis is underway • FY12 results – Knowledge gains were seen in all areas – Exceeded benchmarks set for hand washing and physical activity – Highly favorable response from parents, students, teachers and principals – Willingness to taste new produce 29 different varieties of fruits and vegetables were tasted last year! This year we have tasted 54 different fruits and vegetables!
  11. 11. Curriculum • Nutrition/horticulture curriculum tied to the common core educational standards • Formal Lessons offered in the fall and spring • Includes pre/post test to collect data and evaluate whether the program is meeting its goals and objectives • Integrates USDA MyPlate and MyPyramid resources • Partners with WCSD’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program • Parent Engagement opportunities are provided through take home assignments, flyers, special events and parent presentations
  12. 12. Common Core Education Standards • English Language Arts Grades 3, 4 and 5 – Writing Standards • production and distribution of writing • research to build and present knowledge • range of writing – Language Standards • Knowledge of language • Vocabulary acquisition • Math – Measurement and Data – Number and Operation in Base Ten – Numbers and Operations – Fractions – Operations and Algebraic thinking
  13. 13. Direct Education Approach • Each GYH lesson has 3 parts: learn, grow and taste • Students are engaged in different group activities • Gardening related to all subjects
  14. 14. Science • Plant, Earth Environmental and Physical Sciences • Garden Experiments and Science Fairs – Plant a question – Sprout a guess – Record observations – Graph Data – Harvest Conclusions – Water cycles, life cycles – Design your own
  15. 15. Math • Calculate • Estimate • Measure • Weigh • Graph
  16. 16. History and Social Studies • Origination of plants and regions of the world • Agricultural History • Cultural/Ethnic differences • Political, ecological and economic reasons for hunger • Influences in food production • Advertising and Marketing of food
  17. 17. Language Arts • Read, Write, Draw • Poems, stories, letters, posters, informative flyers, research • Observe, brainstorm
  18. 18. Health and Nutrition • Increase consumption and preference of fruits and vegetables • Food groups and nutrients our body needs • Ways to prepare foods
  19. 19. Art, Music, Drama • Painting, drawing • Labels • Collages, mosaics • Puppet shows and plays • Sing and Dance • Flower and plant prints, paper flowers, flower bracelets • Clay or dirt fossils
  20. 20. Benefits of School Gardens • Concrete experiences, hands on learning • Motivation for the reluctant learner • Variety to teaching and learning • Increases student achievement • Compatible with current educational practices • Higher order thinking
  21. 21. Kids need gardens • Promote healthful choices and fight obesity • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables • Promote nutrition and physical activity • Create memories and strengthen relationships • Builds character and teaches responsibility • Love our earth
  22. 22. Questions?
  23. 23. Kathy Williams • Promotion of Children’s Health • Physical Activity
  24. 24. I can garden. . . but with kids?
  25. 25. Preparation • So important • Small groups work best • Pre-fill containers • Set out tools • Fill water buckets • Have extra supplies • Determine how much time is needed for each activity
  26. 26. Flexibility • Expect plans to change • Time constraints • Have a backup plan • Garden chores make great substitutions
  27. 27. Engage Imagination • 5 senses • Choose plants with interesting names • Choose plants with interesting shapes and colors “The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses” -Hanna Rion
  28. 28. Safety / Garden Rules • Establish the garden guidelines before going out to the garden • Keep them simple: show respect, listen and follow directions, no running • Demonstrate the correct use of tools (carrying the “working” end of a tool towards the ground)
  29. 29. Everyone can participate • Allow access for wheel chairs between containers and garden beds • Leave room at the edge of the garden beds for children to reach • Children with impairments may need extra time, hand over hand physical assistance
  30. 30. Growing in Containers / Garden Beds • Adapt to your home • Options on a porch or balcony • Garden Plot • Container gardening allow more families to participate • Grow veggies that do well in containers (bush tomatoes)
  31. 31. Learning Topics • Wonder of seeds • What plants need • How to water • How to transplant • Planning a garden bed or container • Compost/soil • Parts of a plant • Pollinators
  32. 32. Wonder of Seeds • How does a seed know it is supposed to grow into a pepper or an eggplant? • What is inside of a seed? • Reading a seed packet • How might looking at a seed’s size tell us how deep to plant it?
  33. 33. What do plants need to grow? • Sun • Water • Air • Good Soil with nutrients • Temperature • What do kids need to be healthy?
  34. 34. How to water-Get low and go slow! • #1 favorite task of kids! • Physical mechanics of watering • Look at the plant – are there bugs on it? • Child is moving
  35. 35. How to transplant a seedling • Takes a little practice • Protecting the stem • Observe the roots
  36. 36. How to plan a garden • Choose easy to grow plants and vegetables • Plan space in the container or garden bed • Companion planting
  37. 37. Compost / Soil • What is healthy soil? • What is compost? • How do you make it? • What does a worm do for the soil?
  38. 38. Parts of the plant • Roots • Stems • Leaves • Fruit • Flower
  39. 39. Pollinators • Why are they important to the health of our garden? • Why are they important to the world’s food supply?
  40. 40. Activities • Magnifying hand lens • Rulers, measuring sticks • Scales • Scavenger Hunt Bag • Celery Experiment • Root Vue • Grow veggies in a jar • Lettuce Bowls • Vocabulary words • Journaling • Garden Art / Plant labels • Free Digging bed
  41. 41. “To plant a garden is to believe in the future” Author Unknown
  42. 42. Pamela Van Hoozer • Sustaining a school garden • Keeping commitment “Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden” -Robert Brault
  43. 43. Challenges • Keeping everyone involved and committed • Integrating curriculum & keeping focus • Individual school challenges • Staff turnover, team changes
  44. 44. Best Practices • Location • Permanence • Organic • Crop diversity • Curriculum Integration • Organization • Administrative Support • Commitment • Community Access • Celebrate & Acknowledge
  45. 45. Success in the Garden • Enlist help from the community • Volunteers! Recruit, retain, recognize • Communicate: build relationships and network • Fundraise: donations, special events • Evaluate and gather feedback
  46. 46. Planning • Include everything – Sustainability – Daily needs – Long range goals – Engagement – Set children up for success – Everything can be a learning experience
  47. 47. Maintenance • Calendars • Special Events • Task List • Debriefing • Alternate plans • Evaluate / feedback
  48. 48. Motivation • Include everyone • Journal • Draw pictures • Read stories • Garden games: Follow the leader, I spy • Challenge everyone
  49. 49. Far reaching benefits of Gardening • Physical • Psychological • Cultural • Educational
  50. 50. Resources • Garden Wizardry for Kids – By Patricia Kite • Gardening Projects for Kids – By Jenny Hendy • Healthy Foods From Healthy Soils – By Elizabeth Patten and Kathy Lyons • How to Grow a School Garden – By Arden Bucklin Sporer and Rachael Kathleen Pringle • Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning – By Herbery W. Broda • The Growing Classroom – By Roberta Jaffe and Gary Appel
  51. 51. Available for free online • Junior Master Gardener Handbook – www.jmgkids.org • Grow Yourself Healthy Fall Curriculum – http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/hn/2012/cm1 205.pdf • Gardens for Learning – Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden – California School Garden Network • http://www.csgn.org/
  52. 52. Go Grow Yourself Healthy!

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