The KGS planting campaign aims to promote healthy eating

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Young vegetables at KGS Wennigsen: planting campaign to raise awareness of healthy eating

Wenningsen.At the Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule in Wennigsen, young vegetables grow regularly and literally. However, this does not mean students from lower grades. But at least seventh and eighth graders are firmly involved when nutritious plants thrive in a KGS field. Now, too, it was time for the boys and girls to plant, sow, put and nail in the vegetable field. Among other things, the campaigns are intended to raise awareness about healthy nutrition, sustainability and climate protection.

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Since the beginning of this school year, the Sophie-Scholl-Gesamtschule has been cooperating with the “Gemüse-Ackerdemie”, reports Didactic Director Sabrina Riedel. This educational project is an initiative for greater sustainability and nutritional competence in schools. “Together with their teachers, students learn where the food on our plates comes from and how different crops are grown on a school field,” says Ella Riedel. Children grow up to 30 different types of vegetables in a year. “Then they go through the growth of the seedling into a plant in all the different stages,” says the didactic leader, describing the subsequent process.

Practice-oriented education: seventh and eighth grade students grow vegetables on the school field.

Practice-oriented education: seventh and eighth grade students grow vegetables on the school field.

Municipality makes arable land

Now it was time again: the seventh and eighth graders once again cultivated their own fields together. Wennigsen Township had previously helped convert the planned area into an area that could be used for farming, says Riedel. As a UNESCO project school, with its own vegetable patch, KGS also offers children another opportunity to tackle the topic of sustainability and thus also the global goals in a practice-oriented way. What was also part of the planting campaign: “A Benjes hedge was also planted,” reports the teacher.

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Not least, the school vegetable field is also “a project close to the heart” for climate protection manager Jan Krebs of the municipality of Wennigsen. He considers that the educational initiative is one more component of the municipal environmental protection strategy. Educator Riedel also sees useful side effects: the project enables children and young people to gain sound nutritional knowledge and experience self-efficacy.

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