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Healthy Harvest Program

Gaston County Cooperative Extension

Raised bed garden full of plantsChildren looking at the raised beds.Person rinsing freshly dug carrots outside in a blue bucket.Two boys rinsing produceMan teaching children outside

About Healthy Harvest

Healthy Harvest is an initiative of Gaston County’s North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service with a desire to give children a better understanding of where their food comes from, how it is grown, and the benefits of healthy eating. The weekly lessons focus on third grade plant science objectives, such as the parts of the plant (3.L.2.1) plant needs for growth (3.L.2.2) plant life cycle (3.L.2.3) and soil properties (3.L.2.4).

At each school, common vegetables such as radishes, carrots, red leaf lettuce, kale, spinach and beets were planted as well as some lesser known vegetables like kohlrabi.Our Healthy Harvest Participants had the opportunity to observe varied plant life cycles and the insects, beneficial and otherwise that played a role in that plants development as well as the composition of the soil the seeds were placed in.