Why school gardens?
GrowOV is interested in cultural change. And that begins with children. We want every schoolchild to think of gardening as a normal everyday part of life. As one elementary student put it, “Of course we grow our own food. You mean…you don’t?” The upper Ohio Valley is contending with the gamut of diet-related health issues. According to the CDC, childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions.
Gardening works on three levels:
Increased consumption of fresh, healthy vegetables: You mean your kid won’t eat tomatoes?!? Have them grow tomatoes. Guaranteed: those tomatoes will be gone in a flash.
Physical activity: With our gardens, children spend time out under the sun, watering, weeding, mulching, sweating, laughing, and playing.
Emotional well-being: The sense of pride, accomplishment, and connection that comes with seeing a plant through, from seed to fruit, is undeniable.
What are we up to?
Grow Ohio Valley has a dream: to see an organic vegetable garden in every Ohio Valley School.
What is it?
To kick off our “Garden in Every School” campaign, GrowOV is holding an ongoing poster contest in participating Ohio and Marshall county schools, for any child in k-8th grade. Winners receive a complete organic vegetable garden installation in the schoolyard!