Growing healthier communities through classroom gardens

Goshen Health recently launched a new garden project, supplying ten indoor tower garden units to Goshen Community Schools. These units allow students to easily grow fresh, nutrient-rich food in the classroom year-round. Grant funding for this project was provided by the Indiana Department of Health to increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable areas. Teachers are integrating gardens into math lessons, art, writing and problem solving. More than 600 students have been positively impacted to date.

“We’re excited to partner with Goshen Health on this new project. These gardens will help introduce healthy behaviors and new foods to students. The ability to engage students and bring lesson plans alive with these gardens will support learning across the board,” said Wendy Swallow, District Coordinator of Nursing Services for Goshen Community Schools. “This is a prime example of how working together can lead to a big impact. We are grateful to Goshen Health for helping to make this project possible.”

Schools that received tower garden units include: Chamberlain Elementary, Model Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Waterford Elementary, West Goshen Elementary and Goshen Intermediate School.

“We are so proud to help lead this collaborative effort to improve the health of our communities,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “What an innovative and fun way to enhance learning in our local schools!”

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