On Saturday, April 29th, UC CalFresh attended Coalinga's Week of the Young Child Event at the West Hills College Child Development Center to honor the center's students and their families. With various vendors in attendance, families had the opportunity to enjoy many activities, including a petting zoo, a silent auction, a book fair, a gardening opportunity, and so much more!
Children and parents learn about MyPlate before they start gardening.
Our UC CalFresh team provided nutrition education, physical activity and some gardening fun for the students and their parents.
Nutrition Educator, Elizabeth, leads a group of students in physical activity.
The highlight of the event was bringing the garden beds at the Child Development Center back to life. Students planted tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, peppers, bush beans and strawberries.
Two little guys take part in gardening with their dad.
Children of all ages enjoyed filling two garden boxes with plants!
Garden Box #1
Nutrition Program Coordinator, Kristi, helps a student plant a tomato plant.
Garden Box #2
Each child played a part in the gardening, and they immediately took full ownership of their work. When the planting was complete, several children revisited the garden to assist with watering.
One of our little friends makes sure to water his plants before he heads home.
Nutrition Program Coordinator, Nancy, helps students with watering.
The Week of the Young Child Event in Coalinga turned out to be a huge success! Our team can't wait to see how the garden grows over the summer.