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Gardening

Boy and cucumbers
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about gardening.

Gardening is an adventure. Turning the soil, dropping seeds into the dirt, watching plants grow and flowers blossom is awe inspiring and amazing. When fruit pops out of branches and onions and carrots come straight out of the dirt, it really is a miracle. Gardening is healthy for kids because when kids see stuff that is really incredible, kids’ brains are activated and their creativity flourishes.

Community Groups Encourage Butte Gardeners To Share Their Bounty
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Gardeners in Butte are being encouraged to share their bounty this week to help honor the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The service project, initiated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is called “Gleaning Gardens for our Community,” to provide food for those who don’t have enough to eat. 

School Gardens: Digging into Healthy Habits

Jun 19, 2014

How many times have you heard a parent say, “I can’t get my kids to eat vegetables!” While this is, unfortunately, sometimes true, over the last two years as a FoodCorps Service Member at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, I’ve heard AND experienced the exact opposite. Just last week, I had to ask a kindergartner to STOP eating spinach. He was picking it from the school gardens and shoving it into his mouth so fast that I feared he would strip every plant of its leaves, leaving none for others to try. What a quandary—having to ask a child to stop eating his vegetables!

While the garden lies sleeping under a blanket of snow, what's a young gardener to do? Master gardener Jamison Starbuck is full of ideas and will visit the Pea Green Boat to share them with us. I think we might be planting something besides ideas, too. Tune in between 4 & 5 p.m. to join the fun.