Champions for School Gardens

Champions for School Gardens

Everyone Can Help!

Kids at the Neighborhood House Garden water endangered vegetables from the Ark of Taste catalog.

Consumption of vegetables by children has declined over the last decade. Between 2007 and 2010, 90 percent of children ages 2 to 18 did not eat the recommended amount of veggies. Today, one in six children are considered obese, with food environments, food marketing, and education cited as contributing factors.

Now for some good news: School gardens and farm-to-school efforts are on the rise. Between 2006 and 2012, there …

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Maryland Avenue School Garden

Maryland Avenue School Garden

The Slow Food WISE Learning Garden at Maryland Avenue Montessorri, an MPS school on Milwaukee’s Eastside, was planted the last week of May by the students along with the help of parents and Slow Food volunteers.

watering seedlings

The raised gardens, which were built last year, stand on asphalt adding some much appreciated greenspace to the school grounds. The gardens, which use principals from “square-foot gardening,” give the kids an opportunity to connect with nature but also to apply skills in measurement and planning.

The goal for the 3rd and 6th grade …

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