Last fall, as we launched our School Garden Grant program, we had a little idea: Let’s celebrate the way kids connect to the roots of their food by inviting everyone to post pictures of their kids in the garden. We were elated to receive hundreds of photos of smiling children holding giant zucchini and glistening tomatoes, digging in the dirt and chomping on an array of fruits and vegetables! The adage is true — every picture is worth 1000 words!
And in the case of this year’s Kids in the Garden Facebook photo contest, your photo could win you anything from a year of Organic Valley Milk, to a Whole Foods Market® gift card, to a gift set from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. We want to give special thanks to all of this year’s prize partners: Organic Valley, Back to the Roots, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Kiwi Crate, That’s it. Fruit and Cuties Juice.
If you have a favorite photo of your kiddo(s) in the garden, click over to our Facebook page and enter to win one of dozens of prizes. Post your photo between now and October 31, 2012. Fans will vote for their favorites from November 1st through 6th. Then Whole Kids Foundation judges will select the winners from the top 25 finalists. Winners will be will be notified on November 12th. Contest details are on our Facebook page.Most importantly, these garden expressions inspire us daily as we work to raise funds to support school gardens, where more than half a million kids learn about the magic that comes from a seed. Kids in the garden get to experience the joy of tasting a cherry tomato bursting with flavor right off the vine or the thrill of digging up a huge carrot that just a few months ago was a teeny-tiny seed they planted. And often, kids in the garden discover new vegetables and astonish parents with adventurous eating choices!
You never know, your junior gardener might even wind up smiling at millions of people and encouraging them to support Whole Kids Foundation’s® School Garden Grant program -- just like Owen, the boy with the beautiful turnips, whose mom submitted his photo in last year’s contest. Submit your kid’s photo today!
Do you and your kids garden together? Share your stories in the comments below.