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If you build it… they will come! It’s a line from a movie, but it applies to so many aspects of every-day life. A perfect Head Start example of this is when the Blossburg 1 classroom of Bradford Tioga Head Start Inc. formed a partnership with AmeriHealth Caritas to create (build) a garden. This past May, the garden was designed, and garden soil was brought in. Children and their teachers planned what would be planted in each row and then they planted the vegetable seeds in the ground! They watched as the garden began to grow the plants that would make healthy foods for them to eat! Teachers incorporated the garden project into classroom activities for the children.   

Throughout the summer months, families and staff tended the garden, pulling weeds and watering when it was needed. They even reaped some of the bountiful harvest. But, now that school is back in session, the children are REALLY experiencing the joys of having “built” a garden. They have harvested fresh, healthy vegetables such as squash, peppers, tomatoes, beets and cucumbers.

Once the vegetables were harvested, they were prepared so the children could taste them. The class was encouraged to try fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and cooked squash. Staff are working with children and their families to build a healthy lifestyle; one filled with planting, weeding and eating good, home-grown foods. Proving once again… if you build it.. they will come!

Photo Caption:       Children currently enrolled in the Blossburg 1 classroom of Bradford Tioga Head Start, Inc. are seen with just a small quantity of the food that was grown in the garden they built as part of a collaboration with AmeriHealth Caritas.