"The goal of the initiative is twofold,î the MMCH dietitian explains. “One is, of course, to introduce kids to produce and encourage them to eat it – expand their eating horizons. We have already demonstrated success with that in the schools, getting them to eat foods you wouldn't expect them to.”
The second part of the program is adding gardens to Batesville primary and high schools, St. Louis School and Milan and South Ripley schools. They are under construction at Batesville intermediate and middle schools. The FGA president points out the gardens become hands-on science learning labs where students can explore soil, plants, insects and nature.
The blueberry farmer observes the project also involves restaurants and Community Mental Health Center. “It’s more than just a school program.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at 812-934-4343, Ext. 113; or debbie.blank@ batesvilleheraldtribune.com.