Our fun classes and activities provide opportunities for families or informal groups to learn together, while encouraging love for nature and the environment. Click the lessons below to get started.
Let's get in the garden!
The Central Texas Food Bank is creating opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, by engaging their natural curiosity and wonder. These classes are perfect for summertime, or any time!
Meet the instructors
Greg and Jeremy lead the classes with garden-based activities, lesson plans and even recipes to get kids excited to eat a rainbow of healthy fruits and veggies.
Greg is the Garden Manager at the Central Texas Food Bank and loves sharing his enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables with anyone who will listen. Greg’s favorite vegetable is the artichoke.
Jeremy has worked as Garden Educator for the Central Texas Food Bank since February 2019. His greatest passion is for sharing the joy and benefits of planting, growing and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables with his Central Texas neighbors.
Lesson 1: Color Harvest
Fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to grow and be healthy. They come in all different colors, shapes and sizes, so be sure to eat a rainbow.
Have fun making funny faces with your favorite vegetables. Click here to get the recipe for "Mini Veggie Face".
Lesson 2: Seeds and Sprouts
Through farming and gardening, people help plants to grow and be healthy so our bodies can be healthy. Usually, that begins with planting a seed.
Enjoy a healthy bean dip recipe that's great for getting kids in the kitchen. Click here to get the recipe for "Zesty Bean Dip".
Lesson 3: Roots
When you eat a carrot, what part of the plant are you eating? The root! Roots hold the plant in place and pull water and nutrients up from the soil.
This easy ranch veggie dip is so delicious, the whole family will gobble it up! Click here to get the recipe for "Ranch Dip With Veggies".
Lesson 4: Stems and Leaves
Stems hold plants up and transport water and nutrients to the other plant parts. Leaves combine the sun’s energy, water and carbon dioxide to make food for the plant and oxygen for us to breathe.
Start the day (or snack time!) with a simple smoothie that tastes good and easy to make. Click here to get the recipe for "Spinach and Mango Smoothie".
Lesson 5: Flowers and Fruit
Have you eaten a flower? If you’ve ever tried broccoli, cauliflower or artichoke then you have! When pollinated, flowers also become the fruit we eat.
Whip this up in no time at all for lunch, dinner or even a fun little snack. Click here to get the recipe for "Carrot Rasin Salad".
Lesson 6: Dirt Made our Lunch
We put our food scraps in the compost to make more soil to grow more food. Healthy soil = Healthy food = Healthy people.
Try this healthy, easy to make snack for adults and kids. Click here to get the recipe for "Coconut Oil Popcorn".
This free activity booklet includes all 6 lessons along with recipes and activities. Download your copy and get started today!
Try these easy and healthy recipes to get kids excited in the kitchen.
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