Nutrition Education

Gardening for Nutrition – Nutrition Education

  • Educate students using classroom and school gardens. They will learn how to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables.
    • Foods from the garden prepared in the classroom as part of a science lesson demonstrate both the life cycle and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.
    • A garden is a “hands on” way to show were food comes from and how it grows.
    • Connect with the student ambassadors or “farmers” of your school garden. Schedule a tour for your class. If possible, harvest items from your school garden and taste them.
    • Order free seed catalogs, taste test vegetables before you purchase the seeds. Then plant the seeds in your garden and watch them grow.
    • Visit Hume seeds and American Bloom to look for resources for free seeds.
  • Ask local garden centers for seed donations.
  • Check the internet for grants that might fund your school garden. or are two possible sources of information.

Dig In

  • Dig In! is a gardening and nutrition curriculum designed for grades 5 and 6 and is available for order or download from USDA’s Team Nutrition program.

Growing Healthy Habits

Growing Healthy Habits is a 9-unit, gardening and nutrition education curriculum that targets youth, grades K-5.

Edible ABC’s is a companion piece to the Read for Health curriculum that is used with children ages 3 to 5 to introduce nutrition and gardening. 

Links to Farm to Preschool Gardening Resources:

Suggested Book: Before We Eat:  From Farm to Table, by Pat Brisson – This book is used with the Read for Health Farm to School lesson, but can also be used to introduce the concept of Farm to Table and I recommend that it is read prior to a farmer visit.

The following programs, with a gardening focus, work well with out of school youth.

Visit the Maryland Out of School Time Network for additional resources and information on out of school programs.