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Who Are We?
We are an interdisciplinary team working collaboratively to celebrate and strengthen the connections between garden-fresh food and healthy home prepared meals.
Together, we are developing accessible and engaging resources for community groups, educators, parents, or caregivers of young children who want to educate themselves about growing their own vegetables to promote a healthier lifestyle.
The Garden2Plate program explores how growing, preparing and sharing food provides the context to support children to eat vegetables and fruit.
The experiential nature of this approach creates a foundation for food literacy.
The dyad (family caregiver and child) relationships provided a powerful context for families to make connections that resulted in healthy eating milestones.
Recognition and increased vocabulary surrounding plants & vegetables in preschoolers was connected to an increase in willingness ‘to try’ new foods.
Primary caregivers reported enhanced sense of belonging and connection for themselves as an unexpected and highly valued outcome.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation. As settlers in this land, we acknowledge that we are treaty partners.
We acknowledge all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Turtle Island as the original stewards of this land and in perpetuity. We seek to honour treaty law and Indigenous law across this beautiful land for the well-being of all human and non-human bodies including animals, plants, micro-organisms, mountains, and rivers for many generations to come.