Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program
This is an innovative 4-H youth gardening project that was developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and administered through the national Cooperative Extension network. The Master Gardeners of York County assist the Junior Master Gardener® Program (JMG®) 4-H and school gardens agent with executing the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program. This research and evidence-based program is designed to address childhood obesity with specific attention to academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and school and family engagement.
Subsequent to the MGYC introductory presentation at Wholespire York County (their program was then called Eat Smart, Move More York County), that organization endorsed the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program. Currently, MGYC instructors are instrumental in advancing a pilot program with third grade students and also an Early Childhood program that meets specific school requirements for garden enrichment curriculum. The goal is to help students better understand plants and how they provide for people's needs.