Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Gardening for Health

Spring is God's way of saying, 'One more time!'
                                                                                                   --Robert Orben

My favorite season is spring.  The trees are popping in brilliant color, the dogwoods are blooming, and farmers are getting ready to plant.  The hunt is on for delicious locally grown foods that can make meal planning full of fun and flavor. 

Volunteers tasting herbs during a recent Growing Healthy Kids'
trip to Shining Light Garden

Planting kitchen herb gardens is on my agenda for the next week.  Fresh mint, basil, cilantro, and oregano are some of the herbs that will enhance your family’s meals in wonderful ways.  Teaching kids about real food is important to do consciously because what most kids are exposed to in their school meal program is a sorry substitute.  In the Growing Healthy Kids programs, we take kids to farms where they talk with the people who grow foods, see how foods grow, and experience herb and vegetable gardens. 

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All kids deserve access to real food.  This spring, start your own kitchen herb garden with your family.  A couple of packs of seeds, some dirt in pots and you are on your way to new flavor-filled foods!
In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids