When students grow fruits and vegetables for themselves, they are much more likely to enjoy eating them. That’s why Feed Fannin supports both in-school and after-school education programs at the three elementary schools in Fannin County. We partner with the schools in the district to provide specialized instruction in garden-based learning by connecting teachers with community “experts” in gardening.
In this age of fast-moving technology and virtual knowledge, kids need to get their hands in the dirt. The garden club strives to develop a lifelong skill or hobby.
Through our support services, we also help the schools build new educational gardens and sustain existing gardens with supplies, training, and consultation. We provide seeds, starts, soil, gardening tools and supplies, garden education, and design consultation.
What are students learning?
Students gain a keen appreciation for where their food comes from, and the children come to understand that they need proper nutrition, just as their plants do. When they feast upon the food they grow, they also learn that they actually do like fruits and vegetables.
Cool Kids Grow Garden Club
Our after-school program at Blue Ridge Elementary School, the Cool Kids Grow Garden Club, is based on the Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) curriculum. Using standards-based lessons, we strive to provide third and fourth graders at the school with a balance between garden fun and academic rigor. The JMG program engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate problem-solving skills.
How to Get Involved
If you are interested in volunteering, call 706-946-1001 and leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for volunteers; please be in touch if you want to contribute time or resources!