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8/1/18: Kids Garden and CAFÉ Classes—Summer 2018

8/1/18: Kids Garden and CAFÉ Classes—Summer 2018

We have been having a lot of fun with the children in the Kids Garden and CAFÉ classes this summer. Participants have come again from the summer program at the Salvation Army. We had a four-week session in June and are finishing the second four-week session at the beginning of August. We have learned about the parts of plants that we eat (roots, stems, leaves, seeds, fruits, and flower buds). We have learned about the food groups from Choose My Plate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy). We have learned about the beneficial types of insects, about their body parts, and about metamorphosis (this is a word children love to learn about and to say!). We tour the garden weekly to see what is blooming, bearing fruit and what can be harvested. We see interesting insects—and the larval stage (also known as caterpillars) of butterflies. We have made several kinds of healthy snacks, including salads with ingredients from our HOPE Garden; hummus heads, which incorporate all five of the food groups into one snack; and butterflies with fruits, veggies, grains and protein.