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School Gardening: Healthy Harvest Program

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Children looking at the raised beds.

Healthy Harvest is an school gardening initiative of N.C. Cooperative Extension  – Gaston County Center. The program helps foster youths’ understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, and the benefits of healthy eating. Weekly lessons focus on third grade plant science objectives such as:

  • parts of the plant (3.L.2.1)
  • plant needs for growth (3.L.2.2)
  • plant life cycle (3.L.2.3)
  • soil properties (3.L.2.4)

At each school ,common vegetables such as radishes, carrots, red leaf lettuce, kale, spinach and beets are planted, as well as some lesser known vegetables, like kohlrabi. Healthy Harvest participants have the opportunity to observe varied plant life cycles and insects, beneficial and otherwise that play a role in that plants development, as well as the composition of the soil used for planting seeds.

For more details contact Marcus Cyprian:  mjcypria@ncsu.edu or 704.922.2124