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What are benefits of gardening for children?

Gardening with children can be a powerful nutrition lesson. Kids get to learn where food comes from, how to grow it properly and, best of all, kids tend to eat (or at least try) what they grow.

The National Gardening Association, which provides support to community and school gardening programs, surveyed garden program leaders and found kids improve in the following characteristics:
  • Environmental attitudes: 94%
  • Self-confidence: 90%
  • Social skills: 90%
  • Attitude towards school: 86%
  • Community spirit: 84%
  • Leadership skills: 81%
  • Volunteerism: 78%
  • Nutritional attitudes: 69%
  • Scholastic achievement: 67%
  • Motor skills: 63%

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