Edible school gardens and healthy food choices for kids

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Edible gardens in schools are vegetables and fruits that are planted on our campuses amongst the other plant material that's on campus. Edible gardens are a teaching tool. Edible gardens are part of the curriculum. And an edible garden is part of the science project. So as the students get to work in them by harvesting, by planting, by even taking that food and cooking it, allows the students to really get involved with what these vegetables look like and I'm finding that their choices of new foods is growing every day. They want to know what's next, what is another green vegetable that grows in the winter. It's great to see the curiosity and the fun that's involved with harvesting, planting and cooking. Basically, I'm seeing the choices that they are more intelligent that what it was the last time that I was working with them was.

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Steven was born and grew up in Southern California. His parents were from Lebanon and had lived in a village and a society that was very in tune with nature and the natural cycles of their surroundings, and very self sufficient with growing food. At a young age he was attracted to his mother’s gardening passion and her magical ways of growing food. In 1970 he was graduating from high school, and the first Earth Day was April of that year. Earth Day made a positive change in the way he saw the planet, the air, water, population and our waste. He started wondering how we can live in our natural world with balance and less damage. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree in
 Horticultural and Agricultural Sciences. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years working in Colombia, South America.

In 1999, he and his wife helped found Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, California, where both of their children attended K-6. Steven created the school’s edible garden and taught gardening and cooking to the students. He also started the Environmental/Green Committee that helped the school act daily in “green thinking” ways. He loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking, surfing, camping, skiing, playing tennis and anything else to challenge his mind and body.

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