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Garden-Based Enrichment Activities

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The summer months in Texas represent the peak harvest time for many fruits and vegetables and the timing is ideal for garden-based learning. Fresh harvests offer children the opportunity to taste just-picked picked items while learning what a fruit or vegetable looks like in a natural, unprocessed state. 

 School sponsors and sites can plan to use current campus gardens throughout the summer months, offering summer meal program participants the opportunity to plan, tend and harvest fruits and vegetables. Non-school sponsors and sites can partner with local school or community gardens to offer enrichment activities.
Tending school gardens during the summer vacation offers a great learning opportunity.

Example in Texas

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The City of Plano Garden and Plano ISD

Through a partnership with the City of Plano City Garden, Plano ISD connected community members to the summer meals program through garden-based learning opportunities. Summer meal program participants were invited to educational sessions at the city garden to connect with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Educational topics included how and where food is grown, the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables and sustainability.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  
mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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