EmBe, in partnership with Ground Works, teaches children about nutrition, gardening.

In collaboration with Landscaping, Mbe has established a new teaching garden program at the Embe Avera South Kindergarten in Sioux Falls.

EmBe Child Care Teachers, Volunteers and Children worked together Thursday morning to build nine garden beds outside the center.

They used shovels, buckets, and wheels to move the soil and fertilizer. According to Liz Mosse and Deberg, Director of Child Care and School Age Care, some children have never used a shovel and have had fun before.

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“Most of them have never put their hands in a shovel,” she said. “And they’re just exploding.”

Nutrition-based Curriculum and Land Partnership Partnership

EmBe Kindergarten is trying to focus more on nutrition, which includes reducing the intake of processed foods and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to children and providing locally sourced meat.

When Moses and Deberg started working in Embe six months ago, she wanted to see if she could do something with the food in the green space in front of the building.

Many children at the EmBe Child Care Center on Thursday, May 26, are eager to use a shovel to move soil and debris to their new garden beds.  In collaboration with Ground Works, Mbe is building teaching yards to teach children about nutrition and growth.

“I started looking around for something that could help our vision, and I met Cindy with Ground Works,” said Moses and Deberg.

Ground Works is a nonprofit that has established more than 20 educational gardening programs, including Howard Elementary, Sixty Lutheran Lutheran School and Ben Rifle Middle School.

They provide flooring, build bedding, create installation themes, and provide curriculum and leadership support.

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