Establishing the 3E's Nutrition Grant Program "Garden Beds"

The 3E Nutrition Grant project will improve children's understanding of nutrition education and improve participation in physical activity. Children will learn about the importance of nutrition and health through educational activities such as the development or improvement of a school garden, a garden to plate program, taste testing, and field trips. Children will participate in creating a raised garden bed, planting their own fresh organic vegetables, creating a pollinator garden, and learn where their food comes from. They will read, write, explore, measure growth of vegetables, create art projects, learn about their environment and how it contributes to their health. Learning about the seasons, in the Summer, Fall and Spring students will pick fresh organic vegetables and have a garden to plate taste testing. Students will take field trips to the Food Bank RGV's Gem Valley Farm and explore the beautiful open gardens maintained by Chris Bueno. Teachers will deliver developmentally appropriate lessons that correlate to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.

=$43,500 TOTAL GRANT FUNDING 08/31/2018 to 08/30/2019

Partners: RGV Food Bank, Gem Valley Farm