" Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller joined preschool students at Mainspring Schools in Austin to plant a salsa garden full of jalapeños and tomatoes.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently joined preschool students at Mainspring Schools in Austin to plant a salsa garden full of jalapeños and tomatoes. Commissioner Miller is working to promote healthy living and the importance of teaching good nutrition at an early age. “Teaching our children early in life to eat healthy is vitally important,” Commissioner Miller said. “In doing so, we are giving our children the best chance to live healthy and successful lives, and turn the tide on our obesity epidemic. Just as we think about teaching children letters and numbers, it’s essential we educate them on healthy eating habits.”
Preschool classrooms are a perfect place to teach children good eating habits. Morning snack time is a ritual within every preschool program, and many preschools use this as an opportunity to go beyond just putting food on the table. Schools will often utilize this time to talk about why it is important to make healthy choices.
Mainspring Schools recently received grant funds from TDA to establish a local Farm to Child Care initiative and explore innovative ways to teach children about healthy foods. The school’s staff created a campus garden to teach children about farming and growing their own produce. When the fruits and vegetables are ripe, students help harvest and bring the produce to the kitchen manager who incorporates it into the day’s meal.