Studies show that early introduction to garden-based education can not only boost science test scores but inspire kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.
The Boise Urban Garden School group has partnered with the city parks and recreation department. Their latest project was at Whittier Elementary Thursday where students helped create a space fit for growing.
This summer, the students will maintain the gardens and get to take the fresh produce home with them.
The group's mission is to encourage healthy habits by expanding upon community garden concepts in neighborhoods and schools.
"Here in Idaho, about 50 percent of the kids do not receive the recommended daily allowance of fresh fruits and vegetables," said Erin Guerricabeitia, BUGS coordinator. "When kids come and participate in this type of a garden-based program, they increase their fruit and vegetable consumption by two to two and half servings per day."
You can learn more about the nonprofit next Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at the group's plant sale.
It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BUGS Education Facility on North Five Mile Road.