The Garden-based Nutrition education program supports the garden component of Extension’s Health and Nutrition programs. Garden-based nutrition education efforts throughout the lifespan empower participants of all ages to grow their own affordable, nutrient-dense food. Garden sites include schools, residential centers, and parks & recreation facilities in order to serve a wide range of populations including preschoolers, women under correctional supervision, and older adults. We believe that gardens are an essential part of a healthy food system and can promote increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
As part of the State of Nevada Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Plan, Extension will pilot a formal early childhood garden model in Nevada, with related curriculum (coming soon!), which will serve as a sustainable garden model for other preschools throughout the state. 9th Bridge School, in Downtown Las Vegas, hosts a large-scale, “mothership” demonstration model, with an additional small-scale demonstration model at Kid’s Co-op Preschool. The program features on-site food gardens, outdoor kitchen areas, curriculum standards alignment, healthy eating policies, and family and community engagement. Throughout the year, children spend structured time in the garden growing, harvesting, and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables. Extension staff train and educate teachers, site staff, parents, and other volunteers to help oversee and carry out the goals for all Health and Nutrition garden projects to accomplish long-term sustainability.