Promote and serve locally grown produce, build connections to local agriculture, and engage participants to gardening activities.
Nutrition Education and Fun Activities
- Use lessons and parent newsletters from the Read for Health to engage participants using books and fun, interactive nutrition and gardening activities. Select from the list below for a theme that fits with your program:
- Engage participants in fun and educational lessons from the Growing Healthy Habits curriculum.
- Garden Survivor Game – Through a game and discussion, students will learn and remember the importance of variety to a healthy diet, to a healthy garden, and to good taste!
- Gimme Some Space – Students will set up an experiment that will demonstrate that plants need a certain amount of space to grow as an example of growing conditions that must be planned for in the garden.
- Seed Dissection – Students will dissect a bean to observe the parts of the seed that allow it to germinate, or start growing and learn how seeds store energy that not only help baby plants grow, but are also a good source of energy for us to eat.
- Planting Container Gardens – Students will discuss plant needs and plant a small garden using recycled material materials for containers.
- Gardening Activity Handouts
- Expose participants to local agriculture with farmer visits, field trips to farms and farmers markets and by inviting the MAEF trailer to visit your site
- Engage farmers for visits to your summer meals sites, plan visits to farms and farmers markets. Use this checklist to connect with farmers.
- Visit the Maryland’s Best website at to find local farmers and farms
- Visit the Maryland Farmers’ Market Association Website to locate a farmers’ market or local farmer
- Contact Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation (MAEF) to arrange for the MAEF mobile science lab to visit your site for on-site agriculture education and for assistance with setting up a pop-up farmers’ market:
Spread the Word
- Dig In! Posters:
- DHR Flyer: Get Growing
- Summer Gardening Newsletter
- Spring Gardening Newsletter:
- Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables:
- What’s So Great About Seeds?:
Build Your Know How
- Learn more about Farm to Summer
- Engage participants in gardening activities at your site with small container gardens
- Visit the EatSmart website for helpful tips and ideas to incorporate gardening at your site
- Integrate local foods and promote foods that are in season:
- Maryland Harvest Calendar
- F2S Procuring