Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! is a curricula of the International Junior Master Gardener program. Created by Extension faculty/staff, teachers, nutrition and gardening experts, this multifaceted evidenced-based curricula integrates gardening, nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity into an academically rich curricula.
Through a linear set of hands-on, proven lessons, students will gain understand how plants grow and how plants provide for people's needs. The 10-week (2 lessons/week) unit of study will step a class through the process of establishing a garden, growing and eating from the garden, and integrates math, science, reading, and social studies into the curricula. Curricula, classroom sets of student garden journals, and accompanying children's literature books utilized within the curricula are available for purchase through the Junior Master Gardener website. Additionally, sample lessons, garden kitchen recipe videos, individual student garden journal pages, parent support materials and other resources are available for free through the website. The entire LGEG curricula, garden kitchen recipes, student garden journals, and parent letters are available in both English and Spanish.
This curricula was evaluated through a USDA AFRI grant for obesity prevention in children and all content was pilot tested by teachers, volunteers, and youth educators. Details on this longitudinal study and behavioral outcomes can be found on the research section of the website. Content experts related to youth education, horticulture, nutrition, and parenting provided review of content.