Big Green Memphis Impact

A Garden Moment in Memphis

“Big Green Memphis not only designed and provided a garden, but also brought together a staff whose common bonds are gardening and educating our students. Seeing that our school is in the heart of the Whitehaven community, where children do not have a clue about gardening, I find this to be an ongoing partnership that would continually cultivate students to be health conscious about the foods they choose to eat. I’ve shared my story about a young boy who has not seen Swiss chard nor any vegetables other than canned corn. On Harvest Day, we prepared a recipe from Big Green Memphis and the young boy looked at the Swiss chard and said that he wanted to give it a try. Once he tried the Swiss chard, he loved it so much, he ate about five full plates of Swiss chard! Exposing students to garden grown foods increases the students’ knowledge about the foods they like and want to eat, in which strikes their interest in healthier eating.”
 
Kenya Berry
Co-Chair of Science Content Committee and Chair of Learning Garden
Holmes Rd. Elementary


 
Compass Community School Hickory Hill (K-7) before and after their Learning Garden installation

Big Green Memphis by Numbers

 

142

Memphis Learning Garden Schools

5357

Students Reached

730

Teachers Reached

2800

Pounds of Food Harvested Last School Year