Experiencing healthy nutrition: Planting and harvesting in your own school garden
Sowing, cultivating and harvesting vegetables oneself – where is there a better place for children to learn where food comes from than in their own school garden? Here they can dig, plant and finally harvest their own fruits. Since 2013, the BayWa Foundation has been building school gardens at primary schools in order to promote practical nutritional education among children.
That's what the children learn in their school garden:
During the season the children take care of their school garden by themselves. Every child has a task, only by working together the project will succeed. Playfully they take over responsibilty in dealing with nature and ressources. They get to know interesting facts about the plant and receive valuable advices about cultivation. While cooking and preparing tasty snacks they also learn a lot about healthy nutrition.
Taking part in the school’s action day
On an activity day in spring, the BayWa Foundation visits the school and together with the children sets up raised beds, herb spirals or tomato sheds. The children are able to plant the plants directly on the same day. Activities not only include planting. The children prepare delicious break and lunch snacks with fresh vegetables. While cooking and eating together, they find out that bread with chives and radish not only taste good, but also provides healthy long-term energy.
The aim is to show the children the whole cycle from setting up a vegetable patch, planting the vegetables to preparing them to make a healthy meal. The BayWa Foundation is supported by professional nutritionists, who are also able to answer tricky questions posed by the children about healthy food and who can pass on their knowledge in a playful way.
No vegetables without care
The constant cultivation of the school garden is an important topic in the “Planting vegetables. Harvesting health.” project. We are happy to advise the schools about it. For only a well-maintained school garden can produce a rich harvest. This way, the children learn to take on responsibility and take care of the garden in a team.