COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT / FOOD, NUTRITION & HEALTH — Head Start Learning Gardens

(Photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)
(Photo by Vicki Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

New this year, staff from the Nutrition Education Program and Extension’s horticulture program collaborated to develop Learning Gardens at both Head Start locations in Lincoln. Extension Associate Mary Jane Frogge planned the gardens. Eight preschool teachers participated in weekly sessions, learning basic gardening taught by five Master Gardeners, as well as healthy living taught by Extension Educator Emily Gratopp. Teachers reported increased confidence in gardening and using the garden as a teaching tool. The vegetables were eaten by over 100 children and parents.