We’re going to talk about seeds today so
what I wanna know is what kinds of food do you eat that has seeds in it or that what the food itself is a seed. So you kind of have to
imagine how it was connected to that seed and you may need to pass the microscope around so other
people can see it. Immersion in Wellness is a camp out here at the state 4-h camp in Madrid and we’re really trying to impact the kids and trying get them to
understand the importance of nutrition and of physical activity at a young age so
out here at the immersion and wellness camp the kids get an opportunity to work out
in the garden they learn some kitchen skills in the culinary lesson and then they also
get to learn some things about nutrition
and physical activity. Well if we look at the purpose of extension to provide
learning based opportunities for Iowans really the camp experience here is
one of those learning opportunities that we wanted to take advantage of and also
encourage some research at the same time so we really had kind of a perfect storm
of blending research, extension outreach and the academic side of the College of
Human Sciences into this project. They start off in the
garden, they learn everything from harvesting,
planting, weeding everything there could be to be out
with a garden and the master gardeners are a great help out their teaching the
kids getting down there and and getting down in the dirt and teaching them
all about bringing the kids get to bring that produce in, they work with it in
the coronary uh they learn different knife skills they
learn the importance of food safety and washing hands and all those really important kitchen
things that some kids don’t know and they’ve never had the opportunity to see
in a kitchen and then they get to go to the nutrition
and they learn the importance of those important vitamins and minerals
that are in those fruits and vegetables that they’ve harvested and how that can really benefit them later
in life and why it is so important to eat those fruits and vegetables.
One of the questions that we had was what if we had control of that
environment for that youth for that entire week? Where we could really do some
educational programming we could have them in that environment that really
promotes nutrition, physical activity, overall
wellness, we inserted some gardening experience because from research we know that if they are
engaged in the growing and the production and harvesting of that produce their more likely to try
it so we really felt it was just ideal blending of a lot of different
facets that extension, College of Human Sciences,
research, all came together. I think the take home from
our project is really that kids understand that being well being healthy is fun they’ve
had an opportunity to immerse themselves in wellness from gardening to learning how to cook to eating what
they’ve actually grown in the garden and being physically active it’s fun!