Learning Gardens engage children in planting, growing, harvesting, and best of all, tasting fresh, flavorful food—changing the way children feel about vegetables. Based on the Edible Schoolyard model in Berkeley, California, Fit4Kids believes that getting kids into the garden and kitchen at a young age will inspire them to develop healthy eating habits for life.

Through a partnership with Backyard Farmer, Fit4Kids has established Learning Gardens at nineteen schools.

School-based gardens get thousands of children’s hands dirty each year through a comprehensive curriculum based on Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Fit4Kids Learning Gardens are found at Marguerite Christian Elementary, Beulah Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary and Reams Road in Chesterfield County. In Henrico, Fit4Kids partners with Maybeury Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Glen Allen Elementary and Ridge Elementary.  Additionally, Fit4Kids works with John B. Cary Elementary, Southampton Elementary in the City of Richmond, and Patrick Copeland Elementary, Dupont Elementary and Harry E. James Elementary in Hopewell.

Students also grow and learn in the garden after school as a part of our Garden Clubs found at Ginter Park Elementary, John B. Cary Elementary, Swansboro Elementary,  Southampton Elementary, and Ruby Carver Elementary in Henrico. Through the Next Up program, Fit4Kids offers the “Edible Schoolyard” middle school program at Henderson, Lucille Brown, Albert Hill, and Boushall Middle School.

All of the Fit4Kids Learning Gardens enable young people to understand where real food comes from and awakens their taste buds to the pleasure of fresh, healthy food.

“This is a fabulous program that teaches kids that foods that are good for you can taste great!”

Chesterfield County Public School teacher