EmBe calls on volunteers to help build garden beds

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – EmBe will dedicate its first educational garden at EmBe Avera South on Thursday, May 26.

The nonprofit is looking for volunteers to join its staff and community partners from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to build eight educational platforms that will grow to support an evolving nutrition program and hands-on learning.

To inspire a new way of thinking about healthy eating, EmBe is partnering with Sioux Falls-based Ground Works and South Dakota Ag to create an immersive outdoor classroom experience. Led by Liz Mosena DeBerg, EmBe’s Executive Director of Child Care and School-Age Care, the educational garden will be a vital part of the nonprofit’s broader mission. empowering lives, starting with the 300 children she cares for every day.

“Our hope with our educational gardens is two-fold: the children in our care will learn about nutrition and its impacts, as well as math and science lessons that will help young minds connect the dots between self-sustaining and source. of our food,” said Mosena DeBerg. . “Children will be part of the process from start to finish, so they can see first-hand what happens, from taking a seed and planting it, to eating the fruit produced. We have new weekly lesson plans planned for each garden bed that will cater to each age and developmental level of the children in our care. »

In just six months, Mosena DeBerg has made an impact in EmBe’s largest services and programming division. The nonprofit’s food and nutrition services has evolved to replace processed foods like crackers with fresh fruit and whole-food recipes, and sugary juices with wellness water infused with cucumbers, melon and citrus. EmBe now also serves locally sourced and slaughtered meat from a meat locker in her community.

While Mosena DeBerg is proud of the pace at which her colleagues have implemented these improvements, she is also pleased to report the satisfaction each effort has brought to the organization’s younger stakeholders.

“Not only did the team smash all the goals set for them, but the kids are loving the new foods we’ve incorporated into their daily meal plan,” said Mosena DeBerg. “Improved nutrition leads to increased energy, promotes immune system function, improves a child’s ability to cope with stress, and increases understanding and performance in learning. We believe that all children deserve nutritious meals and recognize that each meal we serve may be the only nutritious meal a child receives throughout their day.

To donate your time and resources on Thursday, May 26, show up at EmBe Avera South with gardening tools such as gloves, shovels, and wheel barrels at 9 a.m. If you have any questions, email Liz Mosena DeBerg at [email protected]

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