Childhood obesity in the US has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, resulting in more than one-third of children and adolescents being overweight or obese in 2012.
We can do better.
By connecting kids to real food through hands-on learning environments and experiential play-spaces with vegetables they can eat, Learning Gardens help reverse trends in childhood obesity, improve academic performance, and strengthen communities.
Our mission is to help connect kids to real food and improve childhood nutrition through school learning gardens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40% of daily calories of children and adolescents aged 2–18 years were from empty calories from added sugars and solid fats, affecting the overall quality of their diets. Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.
Learning Gardens connect students to the food they eat and the environment they live in, encouraging them to make healthy choices for their bodies and their world. Children who eat healthy foods experience improved cognitive function, maintain a healthier body weight, and are less likely to suffer from major diseases as they get older, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
Each learning garden costs over $35,000 to build. Over 100 learning gardens have already been built, but there are thousands more left to go. Every purchase you make contributes to our goal of improving childhood nutrition.