Creating Space for Growth
The Farm to Child program works with low-income public schools in Tucson to build garden programs that act as educational spaces for students and teachers. Experiential learning spaces help kids understand the role of food in their lives and appreciate the connections between classroom lessons and hands-on knowledge application.
The Farm to Child program began five years ago, with the idea of creating garden spaces where local kids could learn about fresh foods and change their eating habits. The hope was that as kids learned about food production and gained experience growing, interacting with, and eating these foods, their nutritional choices could be shaped by these experiences. Farm to Child worked with school districts and county health department leadership to make the program happen, and today we work with garden programs at over 35 local schools.
Intelligent, inspired, and healthy kids grow into active, involved, and thoughtful citizens who move our community forward from poverty, food insecurity, and social inequality.
Our garden programs have become more than just tools to help kids get acquainted with fresh foods. These gardens are experiential learning spaces where students can interact with what they're learning. Currently, ten area schools are certified to serve foods grown in school gardens in school cafeterias, so students have the opportunity to eat the fruits of their labor. Our Farm to Child program provides the technical expertise in building gardens and garden programs, and we train teachers, students, and food service staff to support these spaces.