Sprouts Summer Program Concludes For The Summer

Clarinda, IA | August 2, 2018

The Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) Sprouts ‘Get Out and Grow’ program came to a close today according to coordinator Molly Gilmore, MS, RD, LD. Gilmore says this year’s garden program, the 7th since its inception in 2012, was another great success.

Gilmore explains 13 children, ranging in ages from 4-9, participated in this 8-week program at the CRHC garden area located north of the hospital. She says, “The garden is a 60’ by 40’ areas where kids meet weekly to weed water and tend their garden. We teach them the difference between the plants and robbers (or weeds).” She adds, “The kids also make and taste a recipe made from the things they have grown. In addition, each week, they learn about the fruit or vegetable they are using and how/why it is good for you.

The weekly classes are taught by Gilmore and Melisa Baier, the other CRHC Dietitian, along with Dani Groves, Registered Dietitian from Hy-Vee and volunteers.  She says the garden wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of many people in the community. Gilmore says at the end of Thursday’s final class, the children decided to donate this week’s produce from the garden to the Clarinda Community Center.

For more information on the CRHC Sprouts Get and Grow Program, contact Molly Gilmore, CRHC Manager of Nutrition Services at 712-542-8261.