Kids and school gardens make a healthy combination, except in Chicago where the homegrown produce currently being harvested has been banned from school cafeterias.
"In a district that touts its use of some local produce in the lunchroom, the most local of all remains forbidden fruit," the Chicago Tribune reports. Tomatoes and herbs harvested by children apparently don’t meet the school district's rules, unlike Denver where school kitchens welcome fresh produce grown on site, according to "Most school garden produce is forbidden fruit in CPS lunchrooms."
Garden-based learning, studies show, helps kids become more interested in vegetables and inspires them to try different ones. Less than 10% of high school students eat the daily recommended servings of fruit (at least two) and vegetables (at least three), according to the CDC's "State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009." Of course, adults didn't fare much better, with just 14% getting their five servings a day.
Increasing the amount of produce in your diet doesn't mean increasing your food budget. Check out "30 ways in 30 days to stretch your fruit and vegetable budget."