The SOWING SEEDS program Spearheaded by Kelly Liken, Top Chef contestant and local restaurateur, and the Vail Valley Foundation, Sowing Seeds launched at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle, CO in March 2010 with the mission of developing, implementing and maintaining beautiful, resource-rich school greenhouses and gardens in collaboration with the public school community, volunteers and parents.
Led by Sandy Story, Sowing Seeds provides students and their families with a meaningful and hands-on approach to learn about healthy eating and cooking, paving the way for the entire community to create better eating habits and make healthier choices. The program accomplishes this by implementing and maintaining school gardens in collaboration with a specially aligned school science curriculum.
Since the program’s inception in 2010, Sowing Seeds has expanded to Edwards Elementary and Eagle Valley Elementary Schools. In addition to providing the integrated science curriculum at both schools, outdoor garden beds were built by the local community at Edwards Elementary as a complement to the academic component.
Sowing Seeds improves student’s knowledge of life science and healthy eating through learning the origin of food in outdoor gardens and specially designed science curriculum. The maintenance of outdoor gardens, which involves young and old alike, creates opportunities for students to develop positive new role models and mentors.
Science scores have shown that Sowing Seeds increases student’s knowledge of healthy eating habits and improves test scores in science classes. Without Sowing Seeds, many students in the Vail Valley would never have the opportunity to learn about the origin of food or how to properly prepare it.
In addition to the in-school programming, Sowing Seeds also offers several camps throughout the summer, incorporating life science with fun and games.
To learn more about the Sowing Seeds program, please contact Lauren DesCombes at firstname.lastname@example.org.