Harlandale ISD kicks off gardening classes for parents

Harlandale ISD kicks off gardening classes for parents
Posted on 10/03/2019

Harlandale ISD parents, grandparents, caregivers and children came together at the Sosa Parent Education Center to kick off the “Growing Nourishing Healthy Communities” classes on Oct. 3.

The six-week gardening series, provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will aim to teach the group of dedicated parents how to grow their own produce, build and maintain a  garden, increase gardening skills and prepare healthy recipes.

“The goal of the gardening classes is to not only continue to increase family engagement in our district, but also promote healthy living in our community,” Harlandale ISD Family Engagement Facilitator Maria Ayon said. “We want to teach them the importance of growing and eating their own vegetables from the garden versus buying them from the store, and really just bring them back to the roots.”

At the kickoff event, the parents and children prepared and planted a garden plot, planting cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, carrots and other vegetables as well as herbs such as basil and sage. The event also included AgriLife Extension personnel presenting a lesson on gardening and nutrition to the parents. The program will conclude with a Harvest Celebration on Dec. 5.

Ayon said the program will also be available during the after school programs at several elementary campuses.

“We also want to teach the children,” Ayon said. “We hope that parents and children take what they learn back home, and hopefully, cook healthier recipes together and learn how to live a healthier life.”

Ayon invites the entire community to attend the next classes to be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Sosa Center on Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 31, Nov. 15 and Dec. 5.

For more information about the classes, please contact Maria Ayon at (210) 989-4453.


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