Mississippi returns to its roots with new Teaching Garden initiative

October 4, 2012 in Education, News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Staff Writer

Davis Magnet Elementary School set the new pace for changing the trend that shows Mississippi as the leading state in obesity and in food insecurity, when it became the first school in Mississippi to receive a Teaching Garden, piloted by the American Heart Association (AHA) last year on a national level.

The American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program selected Davis, thanks to a sponsorship by the Jackson Heart Foundation. This program uses a school garden to teach students about nutrition and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables….