ACAP Head Start students get to dig around and learn about gardens

ELIZABETHTOWN-Children at the Adirondack Community Action Program's, Inc., Head Start sites ended the school year with an opportunity to dig around in the garden.

ACAP Nutrition Program Coordinator Morgan Gibson worked with each of the seven Head Start sites in the county to plant herbs and seeds.

"There's a push everywhere for local food," Gibson said. "We wanted to use that push as an educational experience for the kids."

The programs goal is to incorporate their produce into meals served at the Head Start sites and snack at early Head Start group socializations.

"We want to connect all of the pieces by learning about the growing and the science and then using the food in the meals that the kids will have," Gibson said. "They get top experience the whole process, start to finish."

Gibson said that community volunteers have been instrumental in delivering supplies, assembling the beds and preparing the soil. At each site, Head Start parents assisted the children with the planting. Site staff have embraced this project and integrated it into different areas of the curriculum.

Throughout the summer, gardens will be maintained by site nutrition coordinators, as well as early Head Start advocates and families.

When it came to the planting process, Gibson said that the children all enjoyed the process.

"They had so much fun and they loved playing around in the dirt," Gibson said. "Some of them have not had that experience in the garden."

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