The Head Start Discovery Garden was created to provide a fun and interesting way for students to learn about plants, nature, the environment and science.The children plant the seeds and start the garden in the spring and children returning to school in the fall will harvest and use the produce in their meals throughout the year.
Planting and tending a garden is one way that children can learn about their world and experience a whole new range of concepts and vocabulary. The garden is incorporated into the curriculum throughout the school year as an incorporated experiential learning program.
Research indicates taste preferences are most actively developed between the ages of three and five, giving Head Start students a golden opportunity to develop a taste for healthy foods through experiential gardening. The garden also supports a social enterprise initiative to sell produce at affordable prices through the Healthy by Design Gardener’s Market.