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Burpee offers educational seed starter kits

5/14/2013

The nation's leading home gardening company, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has joined forces with the American Heart Association's Teaching Garden program by launching the Teaching Gardens At Home seed starter kit, aimed at promoting healthy behaviors among young people and their families.
 
George Ball, chairman and CEO of Burpee explains, "Burpee is proud to join the American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens in giving more children hands-on gardening experience to reinforce the essential connection between whole foods, our health and well being."
 
The Teaching Gardens At Home starter kit was created between Pennsylvania-based Burpee and the American Heart Association. Each seed starter kit contains 12 favorite Burpee vegetable seed packets, complemented by eight recipes using fresh ingredients from the garden and approved by the American Heart Association.  Burpee has agreed to donate $1.50 to the American Heart Association for every Teaching Gardens At Home kit sold on its website, www.Burpee.com.
 
The seed starter kit will benefit and enhance the Teaching Garden's mission to cultivate home gardening where children and their families can learn to grow their own vegetables and prepare delicious, heart-healthy meals.
 
The Teaching Gardens program provides a practical learning experience rooted in offering nutritional choices. "Garden-based nutrition intervention programs can promote increased fruit and vegetable intake among children," said Kelly Meyer, Teaching Gardens co-founder. "By planting a seed in nutrient rich soil-gathering energy from the sun, watering and taking care of a garden-children can learn about the natural benefits of whole foods."
 
Since 2011, more than 200 Teaching Gardens have been funded nationwide. Many have been planted in schools of great need where the Teaching Gardens provide participating students with the only available interaction between nature and fresh produce.
 
For more information about the Teaching Garden program, visit www.heart.org/teachinggardens.