The Dunn County Extension Service submitted an application in February and received grant money of $400 to use for a “Daycare Gardening” project.
The Dunn County Extension Service submitted an application in February and received grant money of $400 to use for a “Daycare Gardening” project. This grant money given to the Dunn County Extension office was used to teach an eight-lesson curriculum titled “Kids in the Garden” which highlights the benefits of gardening as well as the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Two daycares in Killdeer, ND, Big Hearts and Little Hands Daycare and Mama Bears Daycare, shared in this great learning opportunity and the eight lessons were based on a collection of published children’s books which engaged preschool-aged children and their parents/caregivers in lessons about seeds, roots, leaves, stems, flowers and vegetables. The lessons feature hands-on gardening activities, art activities and preparing simple recipes using picture-based recipes. Parents/caregivers received a weekly newsletter that provided information about gardening, nutrition and food preparation. Over 80 families in 7 counties across North Dakota and Minnesota have participated in the “Kids in the Garden” program.
The hands on gardening projects completed by the daycares included helping the Big Hearts and Little Hands daycare kids assisted to plant some flowers in two flower beds located in front of the strip mall in Killdeer, ND and at Mama Bears daycare, youth enjoyed planting two trees in the yard as well as getting to plant their own flowers at the front entrance to the building. The NDSU Junior Master Gardener Program provides funds and educational materials for gardening projects across the state and the project supports the education of thousands of children in 30 or more counties every year and North Dakota State University is committed to healthy, active children.
Below are some wonderful pictures of the youth learning about gardening through the efforts of the grant money as well as some pictures of the youth learning about plants and healthy eating with “Kids in the Garden” curriculum.