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The Harvest is the Best Teacher: A Narrative on Food Insecurity and Community Gardening with Children and Adolescents
Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (2016)
  • Gayle Mallinger, Western Kentucky University
  • Molly Kerby
Abstract
As the national climate and attitudes toward local organic food progressed in the United States, farmers markets, school and community gardens, and campaigns to increase vegetable consumption among children and adolescents skyrocketed. Unfortunately, many communities are beginning to realize disparities exist in poverty-stricken neighborhoods in term of access to fresh produce, education, and food programs This narrative follows a community garden project over three years at the Boys & Girls Club in a semi-rural city in Kentucky. Participants prepared the garden site, planted seeds, and harvested vegetables as part of a Junior Master Gardener program in the afterschool and summer programs.
Publication Date
2016
Publisher Statement
Reflections: Narratives on Professional Helping is an open access journal.
Citation Information
Mallinger, G. & Kerby, M. (2016). The harvest is the best teacher: A narrative on food insecurity and community gardening with children and adolescents. Reflections: Narratives on Professional Helping, 22 (1), 70-78.