Local Primary School Teaches Kids to Grow Healthy Foods

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

Suwannee County, FL -- May 8, 2012 --

Many schools across the nation are following the healthy eating message for kids. But, Suwannee Primary School in Live Oak, FL is taking it a step further.

"We hardly don't play when it's time for recess, we just come over here and want to water the plants," said Logan Lloyd, a student at the school.

Bonnie Box, a nutrition teacher with the school, helps these kids grow their own food. Then, they're able to eat it.

"I try to keep nutrition lessons fun and exciting," Box said.

Boxes goal focuses on helping kids understand the importance of good nutrition and healthy choices, which will hopefully stay with them for life.

"I just want children to know that good nutrition is so important," she said.

Most people probably frowned at the idea of eating healthy growing up, but these kids said it's extremely popular at their school.

They plant and grow everything including: 10 hydroponic containers with three types of lettuce and five raised bed gardens with various types of fruits and vegetables.

Inside the raised bed gardens are red potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini squash and plenty more.

Box believes this program helps build kids vocabulary, physical health and positive outlook on eating healthy.


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  • by Alice Location: Live Oak, Fl on May 10, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    We think this is GREAT! This teaches children how to grow veggies for their food as they become adults.Children need to learn that food is not produced by the grocery mkts.
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 09:05 AM in reply to Alice
      What they will grow is pot. at least some will. It is better not to teach them these skills.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM
    I don't think this is a good idea. Won't they be tempted to grow pot when they are older? seems like this is just creating future problems for LE.
  • by Parent on May 9, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    The Magnolia School has had a giant garden in their playground for 20some years and it's been an amazing aspect of their growth and education. Who's your farmer?
  • by Sharon Location: LO on May 9, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    I am proud to see this going on in our local schools! Way to go Bonnie and Suwannee Primary School!!
  • by Kay Location: Suwannee County on May 8, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    Seriously Steve?I have seen first hand what these kids are taught in the nutrition program, and it is amazing.At this age they absorb so much and are learning to eat healthy,and they like it! If only the parents would act accordingly.And yes it is a "live off the land message",raising your own food isn't healthy?Thats what the old folks used to do.The Suwannee Primary school is a great place,the teachers love their students and treat them as their own.If only more schools were like it.
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      by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM in reply to Kay
      Going short McDonald's right now.
  • by STEVE on May 8, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    This is no healthy eating message being taught. This is learning how to live off the land message. This federal administration is going to cause a food shortage in America. The stock market has changed their focus into investing heavily in mega-farms. That means one thing,FOOD is going to get scarce.
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      by Suwannee on May 9, 2012 at 05:22 AM in reply to STEVE
      Do you have a student at SPS? Probably not! This is not the ONLY thing that is being taught. Ms. Box has been showing the students, throughout the year, how to eat healthy. This was just to show them how they can grow what fruits and veggies in their own yard.
  • by Foxgloves Location: Tlh on May 8, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Finally, a meaningful school, teacher and students. You have made a feel good day for me. I am so happy that these children are learning how to be self sustaining.
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