Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month. Below are some facts about nutrition and how you can start your own garden. 

Nutrition Facts 

  • Good nutrition can help prevent or manage
    • Certain Cancers
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Heart Diseases
    • Osteoporosis
  • The components of a nutrition label are
    • Serving Size
      • Indicates how many servings are in the package
      • Most foods are more than 1 serving size, so check the label
    • Amount of Calories
      • Indicates how many calories are in one serving
    • Percent Daily Value
      • Indicates how the nutrients in one serving of food contribute to your total daily diet
      • If the nutrient has 5% or lower of the daily value, that means that the food is low in that nutrient
      • If the nutrient has 20% of more of the daily value, that means that the food is high in that nutrient
    • Limit Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium
      • Eating too much of these can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease, some cancers, or high blood pressure
    • Focus More on Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Potassium
      • Eating more of these can improve your health and reduce your risk of disease

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Information Courtesy of the FDA

How to Start Your Garden

  • Start Slow and Small
    • Start with a couple of raised bed and then gradually expand
  • Build Raised Beds
    • There will be less weeds to contend with and you’ll have more crop
  • Be Creative
    • If rocks are in the way, use them to make the raised beds
  • Play to Your Region
    • If you have a short season, maybe grow everything at once
  • Build the New Beds Now
    • It will be a lot easier for you to plant in the spring with the beds already ready to go
  • Use a Barrier Against Weeds
    • You can even use cardboard
  • Enrich the Soil Now
    • Find bulk compost or aged mushroom soil to do this
  • Protect Your Garden with Mulch
    • Every fall, sp
  • Don’t Start Your Own Plants from Seed the First Year
    • You’ll have time to do this
  • Have Fun
    • Don’t do this unless you have an appetite to learn

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Information Courtesy of Gardens Alive