Starting edible gardens at schools is an initiative that Action for Fitness in Monmouth County stands behind as an effective learning tool. Specifically, edible vegetable and herb gardens provide an additional source of fresh produce that allows children to taste veggies and fruits and to learn how to prepare healthier meals. Gardens also teach kids how to grow their own food that tastes delicious and is good for them. Finally, gardens teach them about the cycle of life and how all living things, both plants and people, need the right combination of nutrients to grow properly.
These kindergarten students at the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park, NJ are helping to water seedlings and plant a peach tree that was donated by a School Health Council member. While our small Shaping NJ grant did not allow us to fund the building of gardens at our Asbury schools, the attempt is still being made to build a school veggie garden through personal donations. Several large containers, four raised garden beds and many types of vegetable seedlings have been donated but we are still trying to secure enough topsoil and compost to get the garden beds planted and growing this Fall when the kids return to school.
If any readers of this blog would like to get involved, please let us know. You could be the helping hand that helps our dream of building school gardens at the Asbury Park Elementary Schools come to “fruition”!
For more info, contact Lisa Lee, School Health Council Program Coordinator at 732-431-7456 or Lisa.Lee@co.monmouth.nj.us.