Our springtime Nutrition Education lessons have taken to the garden, as well as the kitchen! Here are some highlights from the past week with our team.
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
During our lesson this week, students had the choice of three activities:
- Repurposing old wood to paint signs for hanging in the garden and to use for future building projects
- Helping build a trellis for our pea plants
- Digging in our newly designated “digging station” — a space in the garden where students can dig, explore, build, and look for insects — kind of like a sand box made of soil!
When learning about the purpose of the pea plant trellis, Jaleighssa said, “It’s like a playground for our peas!” Here she is helping get it ready!
Webster Avenue Elementary School
The title of our lesson this week was “Food in our Community.” Students took time to explore the food environment around the school using this map (created using Google maps).
When presented with the question “If you could change the food environment around your school, what would you do?” students developed some really great action plans and goals!
Create community gardens…To get better food…To help families that don’t have a lot of money…To convince people to make the environment better…
Growing our own food would reduce the amount of energy and gas food takes to reach us.
We would put posters up for volunteers to make a farm stand to earn money and share the food we grow.
We would help people get jobs.
Create a heat lamp to grow bananas in RI. This would reduce the amount of travel, resources, energy, and time, bananas take to reach us in RI.
Eliminate plastic straws and plastic bags in food businesses around us.
Get Takis out of business so there could be more people alive… This would “create more access to different foods such as produce.
Krispy Kale & Apple Salad Recipe!
At both sites we taste-tested a Krispy Kale and Apple salad. The students LOVED it! In fact, it’s been one of our most popular recipes yet — give it a try!