“I think that experience can be a really important piece of their education,” Palmer said. “There is a fair amount of evidence that when kids grow their own food, they’re much more likely to try different foods, and that can lead to some healthier eating patterns overall.” Especially for kids living in urban areas, the process of watching worms in the soil, seeds sprouting into flowers visited by butterflies, and eventually harvesting food they can taste, makes life cycles real to students in ways that are hard to achieve in a classroom, Palmer said.
A recent study took place that documented the benefits of urban agriculture. In Denver, children in local public health programs were said to be healthier when taught about where their food comes from.
The study also reported that when children and adults had access to gardens, parks and other green spaces they experienced better mental health. Urban agriculture is changing how people feel about their neighborhoods and their neighbors.
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