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The Harvest is the Best Teacher
Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (2017)
  • Gayle Mallinger, Western Kentucky University
  • Molly Kerby, Western Kentucky University
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.
  • Higher education,
  • student engagement,
  • community,
  • school gardens,
  • community gardens
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Citation Information
Mallinger, G.M. & Kerby, M.B (2017). 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.