How is our garden growing? What can we learn about vegetables that can help us grow?
The idea for a garden here at the Preschool has been a desire of Mrs. Matthews for about five years. She says that the garden would be another opportunity for the development for our little ones here at Liberty. She says that it would be a learning responsibility for the children and would help them understand all about plants and their growth. What Mrs. Matthews didn’t realize was that this desire to teach our little ones has simultaneously been an idea that is being developed all over our Country.
Initially, we knew it would require funds and manpower in which we were limited in both aspects. The plan was to develop a space here on our property, at Liberty Baptist Church, for the children to assist the staff in all aspects of the Garden. About a year ago, Marissa Spady of the Planning Council in conjunction with the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community offered assistance in making our Community Garden a reality. With their assistance and resources, we have been able to create “The Preschool Garden”, where our preschool children can learn first hand what it means to plant, harvest and serve vegetables. Several vegetables have been planted, harvested, and served as a snack. In this venue our students will not just read who God is as our Provider, but actually see the results of His hands in providing. Though our garden is depleted at this time, we look forward to our next planting season.
Our Garden’s is a symbol for better Nutrition:
On November 20, 2015, in Norfolk, First Lady Michelle Obama in conjunction with the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA), brings a new initiative called FNV, which is short for “Fruits and Vegetables,” to Hampton Roads. It is a national brand that focuses on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and sales. FNV was announced, at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C. PHA, an organization that works with the private sector to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families.
Our Special Thanks:
To all those individuals and organizations that have made “The Preschool Garden” a reality. Thank you to The Planning Council, The Suffolk Partnership, Marissa Spady, Brittany Wilkins, and Rachel Mathews at our school, who has taken over the leadership and teaching our little ones about the different aspects of our garden.