In the globalized food systems consumers, especially children, are increasingly disconnected from the understanding of how and where their food is produced. This has an impact on eating habits and food choices that might affect health, the environment and other ethical dilemmas such as animal welfare and fair trade. In this optic, some activities, i.e. gardening, may connect children closer to nature by teaching them to take care of our environment and creating understanding of the connection between nature and food. Relations to nature, to gardening and to growing food may increase the intersection between the natural world and humans. It is an environment where children can interact with and get curious about the natural world. Research show that by ‘getting your hands dirty’ and growing food you enjoy the way vegetables taste and form emotional connections with the garden. The physical and social qualities of garden participation awaken the senses and stimulate a range of responses that influence interpersonal processes – learning, affirming, expressive experiences – and social relationships that are supportive of positive health-related behaviors.
For this reason and many more, we created Learn4Health, an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership including twelve partners in total, representing 6 European countries (DK, ES, SI, NL, UK and LT), with interdisciplinary roots. Each country is represented by one higher educational institution and one primary and/or secondary school.
Anna Marie Fisker, Project Leader