Get them growing

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If they grow them, they are more likely to eat them.  That is what research published in Acta Paediatrica has shown about children and vegetables.  If the school cafeteria used the vegetables that the students had grown, the children were 4 times more likely to have a salad.  The number of servings across all of the students increased from 5-12 servings per day.

Now, as much as we would all like to have the time, energy and space to grow all our own vegetables, most of us don’t.  But, you only need a small space and a few types, to create some interest with your children.  Watching a carrot grow is going to create more interest in all carrots.

It is well worth it – not just for the activity, but also for the reduced battle at meal times.  Go on, give it a go!


More information: Wansink, Brian; Drew Hanks; and David Just (2015). A Plant to Plate Pilot: A Cold Climate High School Garden Increased Vegetable Selection but Also Waste. Acta Paediatrica. DOI: 10.1111/apa.13028