Local Urban Garden Gives Away Produce to Local Daycare

6 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 20 2012 Sep 20, 2012 Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:27:00 AM CDT September 20, 2012 in News
By: Amy Couch
loading

COLUMBIA - On the side of Kilgore's Pharmacy off of North Providence lies a small plot of land no bigger than a typical backyard. You wouldn't even notice that it was there. The small plot of land has produced over a thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables. This small urban garden takes all of the produce it grows and donates its weekly to a local daycare, Nora Stewart's Early Learning Center.

"The purpose of this donation is to heavily increase the amount of fresh produce the pre-school age children at the learning center consume Monday through Friday to help combat alarming high rates of diabetes and obesity in children," said Kilgore's garden volunteer coordinator Daniel Soetaert.

Right now, Kilgore's farm has rows of fruits and vegetables like strawberries, corn, green beans, peppers, squash, celery, and tomatoes.

"We are transitioning between summer vegetables to fall vegetables right now, so we have so much variety of fruits and vegetables for the kids to pick from," said Soetaert.

Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy started a garden next to its building in August 2010. From the moment the garden sprouted, the pharmacy wanted to give away its produce to emphasize the importance of eating healthier at a younger age.

"As the years go on, we try to plant more vegetables that the kids will eat, since after all this garden is for them," said Soetaert.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children between 2 and 5 years old, recommends that they get 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit each day. Children between over age 6 years should have 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, and 2 to 4 servings of fruit.

Only 22 percent of children ages 2 to 5 meet government recommendations for vegetable consumption, according to a study done by the CDC l in 2010. The statistics get worse as children get older. Only 16 percent of children ages 6 to 11 meet the government's guidelines, and only 11 percent of those ages 12 to 18.

However, a cook at Nora Stewart's Early Learning Center says it's hard to get the younger children ages 2 to 5 to actually try the vegetables.

"I have to tell them that the carrots will give them good eyesight or try to serve them with ranch to get them to eat it," said Gail Thornton.

Getting the vegetables from a local urban garden that the children can visit helps play a role in the kids at Nora Stewart's Early Learning Center eat their vegetables.

"The children get to see how the vegetables are planted and in turn want to eat or at least try the vegetables. Plus, Kilgore's garden doesn't use pesticides, which is so much more healthier for the kids than the stuff you find at a supermarket," said Thorton.


(Amanda Sohaney/KOMU) 

More News

Grid
List
MOBERLY - Veterans at Moberly Correctional Center say a program designed to reconnect former servicemen to their military values has... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:33:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia plow drivers participated in the annual Dry Snow Run to practice routes for the winter season Wednesday... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:38:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Medical marijuana may play a part in the reduction of opioid usage, supporters say. According to the... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:39:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mike Veny experienced trouble with mental health throughout his childhood. Instead of letting his negative past consume him,... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:15:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department recently announced their decision to end its Community Outreach Unit and some citizens are... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:41:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
GARDEN CITY - An entire police department is out of a job Wednesday morning without notice. According to the... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A new report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) found a decrease in the number of new... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:54:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has been working on a new computer system to better report hate... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:40:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Two people were taken into custody Wednesday in a case stemming from a string of overdoses involving synthetic... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:32:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People expect fast service, convenient location and easy access when they enter the doors of an Urgent Care.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:16:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Four people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on I-70 Westbound Wednesday afternoon. The crash immediately shut... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:12:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
MONROE COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop B found Raffaella M. Stroik dead in Mark Twain Lake on... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:14:00 PM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman is celebrating after winning a $64,000 jackpot. Penny McNear stops at Moser’s Foods on... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:22:00 AM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to support the first major rewrite of the nation’s... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:07:15 AM CST November 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The community will get a chance to learn more about autism Wednesday morning. The annual Columbia Autism... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, November 14 2018 Nov 14, 2018 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 4:08:00 AM CST November 14, 2018 in Top Stories
BOSTON (AP) - World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) today revealed its nominees for the “10 Worst Toys of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 13 2018 Nov 13, 2018 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:54:00 PM CST November 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Almeta Crayton Community Program will be expanding its annual "Everybody Eats" Thanksgiving community to more locations. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 13 2018 Nov 13, 2018 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:24:00 PM CST November 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia is delivering an annual citizen’s survey to a random sample of households. The... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 13 2018 Nov 13, 2018 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:58:00 PM CST November 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
3am 24°
4am 23°
5am 23°
6am 22°