The Importance of School Gardens

It’s no secret that childhood obesity has increased dramatically over the past few years. Public figures like First Lady, Michelle Obama are supporting school and home gardens all over the Nation.  Obama recently took her “Lets move” campaign against childhood obesity to San Diego. Read the article about Obama’s visit in San Diego where she toured the New Roots Community Farm here.

Similar to how Obama is changing the way America eats, we are taking steps to educate and introduce fresh produce into the minds and bodies of young Americans. We serve 14 fresh veggies in our restaurants, and encourage our customers to add veggies to their meals to eat well-balanced, as we believe in educating our youth about vegetables and the proper ways to grow vegetables. We believe this influence can help solve America’s obesity epidemic and poor eating habits.

Earlier this month, our restaurants partnered with Slow Food Denver, Boulder, and Salt Lake City chapters, and raised more than $12,000 to help support the organization and development of school gardens.  One of Slow Food’s goals is to teach students about growing fresh fruits and vegetables so they gain an understanding of the agricultural cycle from seed-to-table and an appreciation of the taste and quality of food that is raised responsibly and with care. For more information on school gardens, and our Slow Food partnership, please visit http://www.slowfooddenver.org/what/what-seedtable.html

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