Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 16, 2013

Students start new adventure with raised beds

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Students and staff at SIEDA‚Äôs Appanoose County Head Start program were excited to receive their new raised bed vegetable gardens from the SIEDA Seeds of Hope program.

According to Head Start staff, the students had chosen "Plants and How They Grow" as one of their study areas. They had studied the parts of the plants and done experiments sprouting beans in the window sill. They will explore the subject even further with the help of the garden beds and will learn about nutrition and healthy food choices as well.

Research from groups like the American Heart Association have shown that children who are involved in growing vegetables are interested in eating vegetables.

The BOB group in Centerville, and Kness Manufacturing in Albia, made the new additions to the Head Start outdoor area possible. The SIEDA Seeds of Hope program works in partnership with several community organizations and agencies using raised bed gardens to encourage everyone to try growing food right where they are.

Home gardens have long been a help for family food budgets and offer many healthy benefits. From the fresh colorful vegetables they produce, to the outdoor activity and sense of accomplishment they provide, home and community gardens are a good investment.