The Eating From the Garden program is administered as a University of Missouri Extension program in Kansas City, Mo. Extension staff, local partnerships and grant money made it possible to incorporate Eating From the Garden on a large scale in a variety of educational settings. Locally, Extension uses trained nutrition garden volunteers to implement the program and coordinates area volunteers and partners who are teaching the program and establishing gardens.
Organizations wanting to participate in the program should:
- Provide a quiet space for nutrition and gardening education activities for a group experience (e.g., classroom, meeting room, library, etc.).
- Provide an adult to administer program curriculum, coordinate garden maintenance and integrate program into classroom learning (e.g., teacher, service coordinator, nutrition garden volunteer, etc.).
- Obtain equipment, materials and supplies as necessary to enhance programming for youth (e.g., garden tools, copies, pencils, etc.).
- Be ready to make the commitment to maintain the garden from planting to harvest (e.g., watering, weeding, harvesting, etc.).
- Identify funds for gardening supplies and explore gardening grant opportunities (e.g., local gardening clubs, Youth Gardening Association, local nurseries, stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s often offer youth gardening grants).
- Identify source for tastings: local farmers, school food service, farmers markets or community gardens.
- Prepare gardening area before beginning program (e.g., containers, in-ground construction, raised beds, grow boxes, incorporating organic matter or soil).
- Collaborate — contact local Extension office, gardening clubs, community garden members, etc.
Supplemental Eating From the Garden activities:
- Chef demonstrations
- Garden workdays
- Family harvest parties
- Field trips to city market, local farms and community gardens