Nutrition Education

Gary Knox garden increasing test scores

Within a year of its' inception, the Gary Knox Elementary School Garden is already positively impacting the students test scores. "Science test results of the fourth-grade students increased 17 percent," said Principal Laura Hurt.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/gary-knox-garden-cultivates-learning-harvests-higher-test-scores/article_4621d1c1-e67f-5837-8192-adfaa8424a4c.html

Check out Gardens for Learning

Gardens for Learning is a great resource to help you plan your school garden.  You may purchase a hard copy or download it here

Yuma Steps Up to the Plate

Greeted at the front entrance by student council members, Jackie and Kyla (pictured), more than 100 guests of Gary Knox Elementary in Yuma, AZ were treated to a celebration of “Power Play’tes.”

Power Play’tes, a play off the USDA choose MyPlate.gov and created by Kristan Sheppeard and Susan Sternitzke of Lime Light Creative Group, will be used in every school in Yuma to encourage children to eat more fruits and veggies.

Submit Your Recipe Today for Let's Move!

Share your nutritious recipe with the First Lady!  Visit Let's Move for details!
http://www.letsmove.gov/kids-state-dinner 

School Gardens Video

Thirty percent of children in the U.S. are obese, according to the American Journal of Medicine. Many children may think their food just comes from the grocery store. The Western Growers Foundation school garden program partners with farmers to support gardens in Arizona and California that promote health and nutrition. This has been a great way for children to learn and experience first hand the joys of growing fruits and vegetables.

 

Bringing Farming to Life for Arizona Students

From coast to coast food groups, agricultural organizations, locavores, and others are attempting to reconnect consumers with where their food comes from. Through the years, people have lost touch with the fact that the food they enjoy daily somehow, someway originated on a farm. There is an absolute disconnect with who is providing the food.

Long Beach Gets and Urban Garden

On an overcast Tuesday morning, just prior to the July Western Growers Board of Directors meeting, Western Growers Foundation (WGF) held a workday at a new urban garden in Long Beach. With more than 30 volunteers on hand, including WGF board members Rachael Barkley (Chairman Robby Barkley’s spouse) and Nikki Patricio (former Chairman Steve Patricio’s spouse), the garden received some tender loving care.

WGF Relaunches Producepedia

“We’re not out here growing vegetables just to grow them; we grow them with a passion. We know that we’re going to eat them; we know our children are going to eat them.” This and other heart-felt comments made by fruit, vegetable and tree-nut family farmers are available on-line as part of Western Growers Foundation’s (WGF) re-launch of Producepedia.com.

Continues Advocacy for School Gardens

To celebrate the sustainability and academic success of the school’s garden, representatives from Congressman Wally Herger’s (R-Chico) and California Assemblyman Dan Logue’s (R-Chico) staffs, Butte County’s Wil-Ker-Son Ranch and Western Growers Foundation joined students and teachers last month in Chico Country Day School’s outdoor classroom for a surprise presentation.

Fruit and Veggie Fest 2010

Western Growers and Western Growers Foundation (WGF) is partnering with Network for a Healthy California in their efforts to spread the word about eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

It is a perfect match, as Western Growers Foundation’s mission is to create healthy farms, food and communities, and promote sound science, food safety and nutrition education while Network for a Healthy California four pillars are: increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity levels, increase food security and increase chronic disease prevention.