A bright yellow sign hanging on a wire fence that is covered with green plants. It has been decorated by kids with multi-colored paint and reads “Learning Garden-Neighborhood Resource Garden.”

Harvesting Well being All Summer season Lengthy

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Posted by Dr. Patty Bennett, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Meals and Diet Service in

Meals and Diet
Diet Safety

Jul 08, 2022

The Meals and Diet Service’s Turnip the Beet awards acknowledge excellent summer time meal program sponsors for going above and past, guaranteeing youngsters obtain prime quality meals in a enjoyable, secure and wholesome studying surroundings when faculty is out. These nutritious meals assist preserve youngsters wholesome all summer time and able to be taught when faculty resumes.

I’m proud to say that one in all these awards lately went to Neighborhood Useful resource Heart of Larger Fulton (NRC), a program sponsor in Richmond, Virginia. Tucked away within the heart of a bustling neighborhood, NRC facilities round a totally functioning city farm referred to as the “Studying Backyard.”

Stuffed with honeybees and butterflies, the training garden is a spot to plant, harvest, and eat recent produce and herbs. The garden is permaculture, absolutely natural and yields a whole bunch of kilos of produce yearly. NRC incorporates the bounty into their USDA Summer season Meals Service Program, Youngster and Grownup Care Meals Program, and into their month-to-month meals pantry supply.

Youngsters go to the garden and learn the way tiny seeds develop into tasty veggies they take pleasure in of their meals. Final yr, NRC served a preschool, kindergarten and three sponsored websites close by. Menu objects included meals simply be picked up by little fingers. NRC used a household model meals service mannequin, permitting children to serve themselves, assisted by employees encouraging them to attempt new meals whereas fostering a way of wellness and neighborhood beginning at a younger age.

“We acknowledge that entry to meals is a human proper,” mentioned NRC Government Director Breanne Armbrust. “Our position is to make sure neighbors–especially youth–have entry to nutritionally dense meals that is ready in a culturally responsive manner. We complement our Summer season Meals Service meals with produce neighborhood members helped us develop and harvest–we take into account this to be a stupendous expression of mutual support.”

Three young children bent over a raised garden and closely inspecting a chives plant with purple flowers

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