Good Sam daycare garden encourages healthy eating for children
DOWNERS GROVE – A new garden at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center’s Kids Korner has children excited about the last thing many their age would choose to eat – vegetables.
Kids Korner staff member Pat Paulson got the ball rolling this winter when she planted a trio of herbs in windowsill pots. When the children in Kids Korner started showing interest in the sprouting plants, she and supervisor Jenylle Rys started the outdoor garden. The hospital’s facilities department pitched in, building wooden planting beds and buying the garden soil.
Located in front of the Wellness Center, the garden is filled with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers, basil and parsley. The vegetables are surrounded by marigolds to keep the rabbits and other small animals away, Paulson said.
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