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Title:Family Gardening Curriculum
Pub. date: 2012
Edition: 1st
Includes: Curriculum including Graphics, Recipes, and Activity Items
Audience: Parents, Children
Language: English
Description:“This is a six lesson curriculum geared towards families and focusing on developing healthy gardens and bodies, whole grains, vegetables, seeds, preparing garden space and planting.” The lessons range from approximately 45-60 minutes in length.
Funding Source: USDA. FNS. SNAP-Ed.
Details
Developer: Dr. Sandra Proctor, Ph. D, RD/LD & Dr. Candice Shoemaker, Ph.D
Organization: Kansas State University
Mail: sprocter@k-state.edu
Length: 6 lessons, 45-60 minutes each
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: Family Gardening is a curriculum designed to teach families about nutrition, gardening, and how the two can be related. The curriculum includes six lessons designed to be taught in the Spring planting season. Each lesson has a leader guide containing goals, objectives, materials, and lesson plans complete with activities, color graphics, and tasting sections. Recipes are available for the tasting portions of the class and come with Nutrition Facts Labels.

The curriculum first covers nutrition information including separate lessons on Whole Grains and Fruits & Vegetables which use information and messages from MyPlate as a teaching tool. They then move into gardening, starting with basics in an “Introducing the Seed” lesson, moving into preparing garden plots in “Dig In”, and finishing with planting spring crops and transplanting seedlings in “Spring Planting”. While the first three lessons could be taught as stand-alone lessons, the final three are designed to be taught in succession with the lesson topics building off of previously-covered information. The activities also utilize items created previously. For example, “Spring Planting” uses both the plots that were prepared in “Dig In” and can use the seed tapes made during “Introducing the Seed”.

Educators should note that the final three lessons require that garden plots and gardening tools be available. Additionally, the lesson series ends when the garden plots are created, so a plan should be in place if educators would like the garden to grow. In some cases, the gardening lessons provide more technical information about horticulture than participants may need in order to be successful in gardening. For example, in “Introducing the Seed”, there is emphasis put on the anatomy of a seed. Additionally, various lessons use scientific terms, for example cotyledons, monocotyledon, and dicotyledon which could be difficult for participants who have a low-literacy level. Lessons could be easily modified by educators to exclude some of the more technical information, if needed.

The Family Gardening curriculum could be effectively used to assist SNAP-eligible populations in learning the nutritional benefits a garden could bring as well as the cost effective way in which a garden could be utilized to grow healthy foods.

Availability
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Kansas Family Nutrition Program
    Contact: Judy Speer
    Mail: 347 Justin Hall, Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
    E-mail: speer@ksu.edu
    Ordering: Electronic versions of curriculum materials are available for download at no cost. Supporting materials must be purchased separately from original purveyors and vary in costs
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 0.00 per Curriculum
    Avail. in Qty: No

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