Kids Eat Healthier if they Help Make it

By Alaina Pinto |

Published 08/20 2014 03:03PM

Updated 08/20 2014 03:26PM

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt.- For many schools next week is back to school week which means it's back to packing school lunches.  But kids might eat a little healthier if they are involved in the prep process.

The Brownell library offers many programs that kids and adults can enjoy. One in particular allows kids to get their hands dirty in the garden.

At the Summit Street school's garden, near Brownell, kids learn how to plant, grow, harvest and cook fruits and vegetables. Being involved makes the kids in this program more excited to try healthy and new foods.

“I think the best thing is, is that we are able to cook it. It’s really great. The kids are involved in every bit, every piece, of the process pretty much,” said Isaak Olson.

Students in the class, like Olson, are hands on every Tuesday from 9:30am to noon and try all vegetables and fruits they harvest from the garden. The next class is Tuesday August 26 at 9:30am at Brownell and it’s the last one of the season.

The doors are open to kids in grades 1-5 but space is limited so call ahead. If you are interested in taking more nutritional courses you can visit Brownell’s website and sign up for other programs like a salsa making course on August 22 or a crab apple sauce course on September 2.  

Because the growing season is coming to an end other alternatives suggested by Mary Graf, the youth services librarian, are to visit a farmers market and allow your children to pick out the vegetables they want to try, or take them to a picking farm.

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