OUR MISSION & VISION
Since 2006, the Growe Foundation has been committed to using experiential gardens as a teaching tool to educate children about the benefits of healthy eating and environmental stewardship. Our vision is to unite people around a shared goal of creating healthier children, schools, communities and the planet.
Across the country the health of children and the ecosystems they depend upon for life are in trouble. A lack of knowledge about food choice and nutrition is resulting in under-nutrition, obesity and a host of chronic diseases. Children exposed to food additives, pesticides and chemicals in their environment are suffering from allergies, endocrine disorders, learning difficulties and cancers. As far back as 2011…
- Education- 98% of the $2 billion in food and beverage advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium.
- Eating- 31% of BVSD middle school student are trying to lose weight. 26% of US children suffer from some form of chronic disease or
- Environment- In addition to environmental chemicals, 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year that contribute to neurocognitive disorders, chronic disease, and the destruction of ecosystems.
Education comes in many different forms throughout a child’s life and Growe believes that experiential learning is crucial to shaping children’s understanding, values and behavior. By providing children with engaging educational experiences that connect them to food, how it’s grown and why fruits and vegetables are essential to their diet, we aim to address the childhood health issues and the environmental problems facing society.
- Education– We provide schools with experiential learning programs that enrich education and teach students about food and the environment.
- Eating– We support children to understand the importance of fruits and vegetables and the connection between what they eat and the health of their body.
- Environment– We support children to understand how the health of their bodies is linked to the health of the planet.
“The new community garden gives our children an opportunity to learn where their food comes from directly; to see, touch, and taste their meals starting with seeds, then plants, then harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs, then compost. When kids experience, influence, and reflect on their interaction with their world, the knowledge they gain will nourish them forever.
Crest View Elementary Principal