Just last night my kids and I finished prepping our backyard garden plot and we are ready today to get a few things in the ground. Spring is finally happening! I can’t say we are very good at gardening yet, even though we’ve been at it for a few years now, but I have a great appreciation for the benefits of gardens and locally grown food so every year we try once again to grow some of our own food.
One thing that I certainly appreciate about our garden is how much I am able to involve the kids and how much they enjoy it! Turns out the rumors are true – if you get your kids involved in growing the vegetables, they are much more likely to eat the vegetables. One very prolific zucchini plant two summers ago turned three zucchini haters into squash eaters and made a believer out of me!
Your zip code is a greater indicator of your health and longevity than your genetic code (CDC)
Because of our excitement about our own garden, my interest was immediately piqued when I heard about the Aetna Foundation and their Local Roots Grant Program. The Aetna Foundation recognizes that there is a great need to increase access to healthy foods for at-risk communities and they have created a way to improve the situation for vulnerable communities with Community Gardens, Urban Farms, and Farmers Markets. It’s an innovative and creative way to meet needs in at-risk communities, one that has really excited me and my kids!
49 million Americans, including 15.8 million children live in food insecure households (Feeding America)