Photos by Austin Banach
The first time I learned about where food came from was around first or second grade.
It was a marvel to a 6-year-old’s eyes when we were instructed to place seeds between damp paper towels and discovered a plant “hatching” (germinating) from them in a mere three days. After the seeds sprouted we planted them into tiny pots with soil, watered them daily and watched them grow, inch by inch. I don’t recall if those small plants ever made it outdoors, or if I saw the edible outcome after that plant fully matured, but years later I now appreciate being exposed at a young age to how everything comes from just a tiny seed. A relationship with food is what my teacher perhaps wanted me to learn, a healthier relationship beyond the cereal I ate for breakfast, the pizza I ate for lunch or the spaghetti I ate for dinner.
Today more communities and schools are taking action to not only improve children’s food sources but to teach and empower children to make healthier decisions of their own. One such program is Growing Healthy Garden Program of northern Berkshire County founded by Jennifer Munoz.
Jennifer started Growing Healthy Garden Program in 2007.… Read the rest