We've got great news to share about a new partnership at the ASU Child Development Center! We will be expanding our already beautiful on-campus pre-K learning garden to include an experiential course for undergraduate nutrition students: the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Garden Lab.
This collaboration will blend garden-based education for both preschoolers and college students. This meaningful garden project will teach both young children and college nutrition students about how food is grown and the importance of organic agriculture. Lesson topics will include: plant basics, composting, vegetable production, pollinators, soils and nutrient density.
The goals of the HEN Garden Lab program are to provide undergraduate nutrition students with quality hands-on experiences in sustainable agriculture, while teaching gardening and healthy eating habits for preschoolers. Long term, this project will prepare nutrition students to incorporate sustainable agriculture into their professional practice while also increasing exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables among young children.
We are excited to announce this new partnership and are thrilled that Maggie Gartman, former garden coordinator at Hardin Park, will be remaining on the Lettuce Learn team. She will serve as Garden Coordinator for the ASU Child Development Center while also continuing her role as HEN Garden Lab Manager. Maggie brings rich experience to both the preschool garden and garden-based nutrition lab.
For more information contact Maggie at: eatyourvegetables87(at)gmail.com
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Office
Lower Level 171 Grand Blvd
PO Box 67
Boone, NC 28608