Eat Your Veggies

  • Location
    Hoschton, Georgia
  • Status
  • Age Level
    5 to 7 Years

The Problem

The problem we identified at our school was food waste, specifically, fruits and vegetables thrown away during breakfast and lunch. A majority of our students do not prefer to eat the fruits and vegetables offerred by the cafeteria. We investigated the options offerred and determined there was a variety of both categories including raw, cooked, mixed, combined in casseroles (veg) or frozen cups (fruit). We concluded that students were not eager to try new fruits or vegetables or chose to eat other items on the tray in place of those options. According to research on school gardens, students are more likely to try fruits and vegetables if they are actively involved in growing them in the garden.

Our Plan

We have several raised garden beds, and plan to have students plant vegetables in the spring. They will plan (pick the seeds and plan garden spacing ona grid), plant, tend, and harvest the vegetables. They will also maintain the vermicomposter, which produces fertilizer to spray on the plants. We will conduct tast tests and have cooking demonstrations. We plan to track students\' involvement in the garden, how many times per week and the type of activities. We plan to do a pre/post survey regarding the students willingness to try new vegetables. We also plan to track the amount of fruits/vegetables not eaten by our class over time to see if those numbers decrease.

Themes Addressed

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    Food Choices
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    Zero Waste

The Benefit

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