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Captain Planet Foundation, Inc.
September 27, 2011

Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) helps connect children to nature. I support and encourage their initiatives because I have seen positive results in my own child. There are school gardens at my daughter's school and she had been working with teachers and support staff on growing tomatoes and herbs. When the class harvested, the school had a chef come in to provide a demonstration from the foods harvested. The kids all tried a small vegetable salad and a hummus pita pocket, complete with those juicy cherry tomatoes. My daughter had been specifically refusing to eat anything red – tomatoes, spaghetti, even ketchup.

At the demonstration, she actually tried and ate the tomato. It provided a different vantage point and a little positive peer pressure to encourage healthy eating. We then decided to grow our own and have had success in incorporating fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers and even an edible flower! I highly doubt this interest in homegrown vegetables, herbs and plants would have evolved had it not been for the combined efforts of the school and grants provided by CPF.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen a change in healthy eating habits of my child through the association of the school garden on her elementary school campus.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have the ability to increase their funding sources so more children can have access to the benefits of connecting to nature. My experience is limited to the garden; however, schools also offer other ways to connect education and environment - science water testing, math charting pounds recycled. Nothing beats teaming a real world experience to the class/textbook education to make a lasting impression and increase test scores.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Observed and participated in school garden.