Modesto Garden Club supports 10 schools annually, providing each school with a $200.00 contribution toward their school garden. The goal is to teach our children to eat healthy vegetables and prevent childhood obesity as the children learn to be stewards of the land. Pat Logan directs the school garden projects, providing seeds, tools and planting know-how.
School gardens really matter because they provide students with connections to where food comes from and hands-on experiential learning. Studies show that children who plant, tend, and harvest their own vegetables are more likely to eat healthier than their non-gardening counterparts. These pictures were taken at Orville Wright School in May 2017.
Students with school gardens grow all kinds of vegetables: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, cucumbers, herbs, carrots, radishes, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, squash, kale, spinach, onions, and collard greens. Some schools donate extra produce to parents, staff, food banks, and shelters. These children are learning the knowledge and skill set to know how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices
Some Modesto Garden Club members volunteer at the schools and others, who are Master Gardeners, provide advice regarding what, where, and when to plant, and they answer gardening questions and concerns. Students, staff, and volunteers work with students during school time or after school. Several local nurseries provide seeds and local high schools provide vegetable starts as well.