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.

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 14 schools around the region; Marguerite Christian Elementary, Beulah Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary, Hopkins 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, Barack Obama 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, Martin Luther King Middle (in partnership with the Richmond Food Justice Alliance), and Boushall Middle School.

Fit4Kids Learning Gardens teach kids to “dig” vegetables!

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

Chesterfield County Public School teacher