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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow

By: Judy Myers

Extension Educator & Co-facilitator for Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School

Imagine a whole day devoted to schoolyard gardens. As a great champion for school and community gardens, Michelle Obama would have enjoyed seeing over 300 participants at the fourth annual Minnesota Schoolyard Coalition Conference at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Nutrition described herself as “just a school cook.” Her keynote presentation certainly indicated she’s not “just anyone.” She has significantly changed the nutrition program in the Detroit school district where she’s taught food service workers the value of serving fresh foods from school gardens and a district school-run farm. She eliminated chocolate milk and French fries from school menus and introduced more fresh fruits and vegetables. Elementary students grow tomatoes, yellow squash, and peppers to make the “stop light salad” in their classrooms; high school students enjoy more variety at their salad bars.
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