Pinedora Farms is setting up Educational Programs to bring school age children to our farm and teach them about real food, how it grows, how animals play a vital role and how nature works together in harmony. We teach them about strong foundations, which are your soil, how important the sun in, the rain, even worms and other insects are to growing food that is high in nutrition. They become hands on with this project and even go home with their own gardening tools so they can begin to grow too.
Most kids these days think that food comes from a store and have no clue that it doesn't grow in a box or a can, or magically appear from a drive through. It just "is" there. In our local communities of Navajo County, AZ, there are over 30,000 children. The Official US National Average Poverty rate is 12.7%. The poverty rate in Navajo County is at 30.6%. By teaching children how to grow their own food and learn about nutrition, those numbers can be cut drastically.
Kids get excited about things when they get to be hands on, they also take more of an interest in food when they can be a part of growing it themselves. They learn about nutrition and healthy eating, as well as healthy cooking for food. This highly impacts the obesity rate among children, reduces illnesses, increases their immune system to help fight off harmful bacteria and viruses. Kids get excited and we find them actually teaching their own parents about nutrition. It is exciting!
The impact of eating health has a ripple effect far beyond what can be measured. These children in turn are raised with knowledge they can pass onto others. Some may become organic farmers and teachers themselves, helping to feed countless others who do not have the opportunity for healthy living. In addition, children learn the value of nature and how things work together for the best outcome and can apply this into their everyday lives. New generations of healthy bodies can start with kids