First-grade students in Chico, California — considered picky eaters by their parents — literally ran to eat bok choy (a Chinese cabbage) after planting and growing the vegetable as part of a school garden program.
The Western Growers Foundation supported 20 school gardens throughout California with $30,000 from the Monsanto Fund. Each garden site received $1,500 plus a drip irrigation kit and a box of educational resources to help teachers transform gardens into outdoor classrooms.
Teaching students about agriculture and nutrition gives them the foundation to make lifelong healthy food choices.
This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2010-2011 Fund Report. To see the full report, please visit MonsantoFund.org.