Getting youth to spend time outside of their home is difficult. Being consumed by media in this century locks many of the kiddos that we want to see at the garden spending time flourishing into young adults. Let’s take a look into the reasons why you should garden.

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  1. More energy: Surrounding yourself with the tools, smells, and people in a garden activate a part of your body that brings 60 minutes of more energy to your day. According to a recent survey done by the University of Auckland and the University of Tampere in New Zealand, it was found that students reported being active at least 60 minutes or more than students who did not take part in gardening.

 

  1. Cutting out fast food: One amazing fact about taking part in growing a garden is the availability of fruits and vegetables once they’re ready to harvest. At Growing Alliances, students often take a few of the veggies they grow back home to eat. Surveys have shown that students who participated in gardening have a significantly lower amount of fast food available at home. If you’re looking to eat healthier and save money, find your nearest garden and seek options of volunteering. From Bellingham, find out how you can get involved with our next work party by visiting growingallliances.org

 

  1. Family meals: Spending time in a garden opens up a world of new ideas and thoughts about the way food is processed. Not only that, but it brings people together. Even if it’s just two or three people in a garden, the connection being built in the plot of land extends all the way home when eating with your family. Students who participated in gardening were more likely to share frequent meals with their family than students without a garden according to the survey by the University of Auckland and the University of Tampere. Next time you have a chance to eat with your family, take it.

 

  1. Fruits and vegetables: A no brainer. You can’t work in a garden and not like fruits/vegetables. Surveys have shown that students were more than twice as likely to meet the recommended daily serving of fruit and vegetables when working in a garden.