Sustainable gardening practices have positive impacts on children’s dietary behaviours

15 Feb 2018
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Sustainable gardening practices have positive impacts on children’s dietary behaviours

It is our goal in 2018 to get more little hands in the soil and growing their own food and learning sustainable practices. We believe a deeper connection with nature will create positive lifelong relationships with food and our environment.

Summer is a season where gardens are in full bloom and vegetables are growing. What a perfect opportunity for children to get their hands dirty and learn about nature and growing foods. Gardening helps children to develop the connections to the natural world that are crucial if they are to grow up to be future environmental stewards.

A garden is a place of interest, mystery, excitement and beauty that offers many opportunities for learning. Through gardening children learn: an appreciation of the natural world; a sense of awe and wonder; an understanding of patterns and life cycles and how to care for living things. Gardening provides children with a meaningful way to explore and develop an appreciation of nature. We know that connecting young children to the natural world is crucial for their optimal intellectual and physical development; provides a sense of belonging, calm and relaxation and helps them grow into adults who care about preserving the environment we live in.

Australian Medical Associations’ Nutrition Statement supports nutrition education which includes community gardens. They state "gardening activities can also have a positive impact on children's dietary behaviours.