AIHTI member spreads love of gardens, healthy eating to Monroe County schools

Last month you read a Great Story from AIHTI member Jennifer Walters about her experience as School Garden Coordinator at IU Health Community Health. At the time of that post, Walters’ main project – the Monroe County School Garden Collaborative, which aims to “increase youth gardening in schools as an approach to improving the health of children in Monroe County” – was in its infancy. Jennifer has since began delivering compost and nutrition education to students during their lunch periods at three Monroe County schools (Edgewood Intermediate School, Arlington Heights and Cedar Creek Elementary Schools) with great success. Students now regularly donate their lunch scraps to create compost, which will later be used in their school gardens to grow their own fruits and veggies.

Recently, The Herald Times took notice of this awesome project and visited Jennifer and co-organizer Hannah Laughlin at Edgewood Intermediate School to get a closer look. Read the article below for this wonderful story!

Monroe County students learning about compost, gardens, healthful eating


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