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Bring Back School Gardens

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Teach a Child To Plant Food

The school garden movement originated in Europe and arrived in the United States in the 1890's. Gardens sprang up at schools all over the country during the early 20th century, with particular booms as Victory Gardens intended to increase the food supply during World War I and World War II.

During the 1950s, the number of gardens decreased as schools placed more emphasis on technology. What better time to re-introduce them than now?

Of course it requires an additional activity and vision from the teachers and parents, but the investment in time and material will be returned many times over.

In this video, we meet teachers in Eugene, OR who have observed first hand that the kids who participate in the cycle of planting, harvesting and eating the food tend to make much better choices in the cafeteria. They are gravitating towards the vegetables.

Studies say kids are 6 times more likely to eat their vegetables if they are involved in growing them. Not only can they experience this joyous team effort and develop a life long sense of their connection to the earth -- they can beat the diabetes statistics and get on the road to good health by developing a natural relationship to vegetables that will last forever.

- Bibi Farber

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