Noyes Health Community Garden Project
Friday, September 6, 2013
For the past few years, Noyes Health has been the recipient of a grant from the Rochester Rural Health Network that allows us to do a community project focused on the issue of childhood obesity. We have chosen to build vegetable gardens in daycare centers in order to introduce children at a young age to the joys of eating vegetables. Research is showing that if children are engaged with the growing, harvesting and preparation of vegetables, they are more likely to eat and like them. This is the fourth summer that Noyes has been able to provide these gardens in childcare centers all over the county with the assistance of the Noyes Health Educator, Pam Maxson.
This year the garden project was conducted at the Dansville Daycare Center run by Diane & Jeff Miller. The daycare children got to plant the seeds, water the crops, harvest the vegetables and then prepare them to be eaten. They planted green beans, squash, carrots, beets, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. Then the children had to take care of their garden until they were able to pick their crops. The
Noyes just recently had the grant renewed, giving us another five years of bringing a more adventurous palate to children in Livingston County. Next year, a garden in the Nunda area, is planned.