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Transcript of School Gardens
The current generation of children in the United States is the first generation in history to have a potentially shorter life span than their parents.
Over a third of children in the United States are overweight or obese.
Studies have shown that many students are not sure how food is grown, and they cannot identify many common fruits and vegetables.
Students at some schools, including Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County, have access to candy, sports drinks, cookies, chips, etc. at all times throughout the school day.
"If they grow it, they'll eat it!"
at Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Gardens allow students to learn about how food is grown and where it comes from.
They give teachers opportunities to create lesson plans that revolve around it.
Almost all schools in California and Arizona have a garden, thanks to the Western Growers Foundation.
Counties offer funding for school gardens, and there are numerous schools in Maryland who already have a garden.