Plainfield Area YMCA Community Garden Planting to Begin Next Week!

Planting begins next week. Our plants have been growing in our conference room for a week

The weather did not cooperate in April for successful planting of lettuce and tomatoes. Shawn Frazier (our staff  leadership on this project) and a group of 1st through 3rd graders will plant lettuce, carrots and onions next week. However we will plant tomatoes the week of May 25, 2014.

We choose lettuce, tomatoes onions and carrots with three concepts in mind.

  • These items are traditional salad ingredients enjoyed by most people.
  • They will grow well in the type of soil and sun light we have in our garden.
  • The nutritional value of these items are easy to explain and make good teaching tools for youth to understand why they are so good for their health.

Our  school age participants truly understand that foods such as potato chips and cheese burgers are high in fat, salt and calories which cause issues like obesity, high blood pressure and heart decease. In turn the introduction of low fat, salt and high fiber foods into your daily diet gives you fuel for your body to operate at peak performance.

Onions are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, Folate, potassium and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin C.

Carrots are also very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate and manganese, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.

Tomatoes are low in sodium, and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and manganese.

Lettuce is low in sodium, and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese.

We will teach our youth groups the importance of these nutritional sources and how to incorporate them into their daily diet and life style.
Plant as of 5-8-14Plants b as of 5-8-14

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