Fight Childhood Obesity and Grow a Healthy Community
Recently, Gardens of the Fox Cities received a match grant that will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Funds received from this match campaign will help expand programming for the 2014 season allowing Gardens of the Fox Cities to reconnect more children and families to the basics of gardening.
Each year Gardens of the Fox Cities (GOFC) educates over 3,000 students on school fieldtrips and scouting clinics with hands on experiences that support Wisconsin state curricula in Science and Mathematics. These programs include Tops & Bottoms, Plants 101, and Math in the Gardens. An additional 50 families participate in outdoor summer programs promoting the progression from seed to plant to food resulting in a healthy lifestyle through Marvin’s Gardens, Marvin’s Explorers, Jr. Landscaping, and Seeds to Market.
“Kids love getting dirty and using their hands to create. Gardening is very interactive and engaging activity, and we can think of no better way to teach kids how fun fresh food can be, than to invite them into our classroom and plant their own garden!” say Executive Director Lynn Van Vreede.
With more than 35% of the adult population and approximately 17% of children aged 2-19 suffering from obesity in the U.S.; programs that improve nutrition, physical activity, community engagement, are necessary for the safety and economic vitality for any community.
“We have a wonderful opportunity to help people truly reconnect with food. By engaging with gardens, people can learn the simple magic of taking food from the seed and transforming it into something simple and delicious,” say Executive Director Lynn Van Vreede.
As a public and free garden, it is only through the generous support of community members, businesses and foundations that keep the mission alive and the grounds maintained. Recently, GOFC received a match grant that will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Funds received from this match campaign will help expand programming for the 2014 season allowing GOFC to reconnect more children and families to the basics of gardening.
Help put an end to an era of processed food and start a revolution of healthy living with Gardens of the Fox Cities. To donate visit GardensFoxCities.org or mail your donation to Gardens of the Fox Cities, 1313 E. Witzke Blvd, Appleton, WI 54911.
Gardens of the Fox Cities is a non-profit, 38 acre public garden providing year-round educational programs in gardening, horticulture, ecology, and natural history for people of all ages, as well as hosting social and business functions.
Gardens of the Fox Cities
Contact: Carey Behnke