Healthy eating is a vital part of healthy lifestyles. Not only do individuals need to have the knowledge about how to eat healthy, but their surroundings also need to support those choices. In some neighborhoods, the only access to food are corner stores and convenience stores.
Each year, Step ONE awards grants to applicants throughout Hamilton County who are interested in starting Teaching Garden Programs in their communities. The vision for the Teaching Garden Program is to create involvement and awareness to the connection between quality of diet and quality of health for children and their families. In addition, these gardens offer opportunities for people to learn valuable skills such as communication, responsibility, teamwork and leadership. These gardens are located throughout Hamilton County, and all applicants with a vision for improving nutrition and gardening education are considered.
To date, Step ONE has funded 62 teaching gardens. Locations include elementary, middle and high schools, Youth and Family Development Centers, childcare centers, churches, colleges, libraries and more.
If you are interested in learning more about the Step ONE Teaching Garden Grant program, please contact Renee Craig, Garden Grant Coordinator, at 423-209-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted each year in August. See below to access the grant application:
Teaching Gardens Grant Application - Click here to access the grant application, deadline August 31, 2019.
Little Sprouts Honey Bees Program for Pre-K
The Health Department’s Step ONE program has created an interactive pre-K educational activity using the honey bee to teach the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The Little Sprouts Honey Bees lesson teaches children the role of bees in gardens and their importance to our food system. The class also encourages physical activity as the children “buzz” around the classroom in a demonstration of how bees pollinate and communicate.
The Step ONE Teaching Garden program has long known that when children participate in the planting, cultivation, and harvesting of fruits and vegetables they are more likely to try them. The honey bee activity is an extension of this idea by bringing children and the garden plants together in a novel way.
Little Sprouts Honey Bees program is available free of charge to any Hamilton County early childhood education center and is appropriate for ages 3-5. For details call Renee Craig at (423) 209-8090, or visit the Step ONE website at HCStep1.org.
As spring ends and summer begins, be on the lookout for a wide variety of fresh produce and other foods produced by the farmers in our region. Hamilton County is fortunate to have several farms and farmers markets providing these healthful locally grown products to our community.
Farmer's Market Resource Guide 2019