This past fall, 33 indoor garden towers were established in schools, community organizations and senior centers across Caroline, Dorchester and Kent counties. These towers, made possible with obesity prevention funding from the Maryland Department of Health, are supplying fresh, healthy vegetables to residents across the lifespan.
The garden towers are also a powerful teaching tool, showing how a seed needs water, sunlight and nurturing to grow. (A life metaphor?) They of course have the added benefit of instilling a sense of wonder and awe!
Aarons Place Inc Benedictine School Caroline County Medical Adult Day Care Caroline Pride Channel Marker, Inc. Eastern Shore Food Lab Empowered Being LLC Heather Fishers Daycare Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School
Kent County Medical Adult Day Care Maple Elementary Minary's Dream Alliance, Inc North Dorchester Middle School South Dorchester School PreK-8 North Caroline High School Town of Greensboro Tuckahoe State Park University of Maryland Extension (Mid-Shore)
Caroline, Dorchester and Kent represent three of the ten Maryland counties with the highest obesity rates among adults. While measures vary by county, residents in the three counties overall have lower income, higher poverty rates, higher rates of obesity and diabetes, less access to healthy foods and exercise opportunities, and lower rates of physical activity than Maryland.
Want to get involved and help make a difference? Visit midshorehealth.org