My Summer Vacation Spent Gardening:
Research has continuously proven children’s exposure and interaction with gardening increases their willingness to consume fruits and vegetables. Locally, Cedarburg, Grafton and Port Washington School Districts, amongst others, believe in this idea and have begun incorporating school gardens, farm visits, and monthly fresh, produce tastings in cafeterias for students.
As the summer months arrive, youth interaction with gardening has the opportunity to blossom. The greater Milwaukee area is a hub of gardening and local food activity, and many organizations provide summer gardening programs for youth.
Greater Milwaukee Area Gardening Camp Picks:
- Gardening Fridays! at Schlitz Autobon Nature Center (Milwaukee) – “Come dig, plant and water in our gardens. Garden stories, projects and enjoying tasty, fresh garden vegetables and herbs are all apart of the gardening fun”. Ages 4-5. Dates: Fridays, June 14 – August 2. http://www.sanc.org/ for more info and to register
- Gardening Summer Camps at Wellspring Organic Farm and Education Center (Newburg/ West Bend) – “Youth learn practical gardening skills while experiencing how plants grow and connecting with where their food comes from. Learn about insects, vegetables, flowers, soil and worms while playing games, making art, reading stories and singing songs! “Ages 6-11. Dates throughout the summer. Visit www.wellspringinc.org or call (847) 946-556 for more details and to register.
- Into the Garden Camp at Mad Science (Milwaukee)– “Mad Science invites you to learn about seeds, insects and plants of the garden in our exciting Garden Camp.” Half day camp, ages 4-7 Visit http://milwaukee.madscience.org for more details and to register.
1.  Graham H, Lane-Beall D, Lussier M, McLaughlin P, Zidenberg-Cherr S. Use of School Gardens in Academic Instruction. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2005;37:147-151