Kids Are Cooking At GSU
GSU's Child Development Program recently received a $2,000 Farm to Georgia Preschool Grant from Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The grant is designed to encourage young children to begin healthy lifestyles and develop a preference for fresh fruits and vegetables by using experimental learning. Farm to Preschool is a new initiative that grew out of the Farm to School program. As a result of the grant, the Child Development program started a container garden on its playground, allowing the children to grow fresh vegetables and herbs.
A farmer came in and assisted the children with planting tomatoes, eggplant, edamame, peppers, peppermint, dill, okra, etc. The classroom staff as well as the children were responsible for watering the garden and harvesting the vegetables and herbs. Since the start of the program, more fresh fruits and vegetables have been incorporated into the current menu and they would like to expand the garden in the future. The children even made salsa!