Fresh Food in the Big Picture

Gardens can create positive change long before vegetables reach the dinner table

People have known the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables for centuries. That’s why gardens have had important roles throughout history. Today, we know that fresh produce can provide some great health benefits. However, some of the best perks of gardening happen long before dinner is ready.

Educational Opportunities

School and community gardens allow kids to get away from their desks and engage in a different style of learning. Because they give students hands-on experiences, gardens make great environments for practical lessons. Kids can see real-life applications of math, science and other subjects just by stepping outside and getting their hands dirty. This can help some students retain information and boost academic performance.

Community Benefits

Growing a garden—whether it’s in a backyard, vacant lot or school—is a great way to connect your community. Parents can plant seeds alongside their kids or neighbors, cultivating relationships as well as produce. In the end, everyone shares in a bounty of benefits.

Even more, gardens can help communities fight many of the issues common in food deserts, any area that offers little to no easy access to produce. This is often due to a lack of resources like grocery stores or farmers markets. In areas where fresh produce is limited, gardens provide vital opportunities for people to find the food necessary for a balanced diet.

To reap the many benefits of a garden, plant one of your own. We have some tips to help you get started .