The Great Garden Detective

  • Nutrition is an essential building block for student success. Healthy, active, and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school and are more prepared and motivated to learn.  While the primary responsibility of schools is to foster academic achievement, schools have an exceptional opportunity to guide children toward healthier lifestyles by creating a healthy nutrition environment.
  • Local Extension Agents, Master Gardeners and Taylor County Elementary School Administrators are partnering together to ensure that local Elementary students begin developing lifelong habits of good nutrition through a nutrition and gardening project.  Students who participate in school garden projects discover fresh food, make healthier food choices, and tend to be more physically active.
  • Weekly lessons are being taught by local Food Nutrition Program Assistant, Corrie Willis and Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Lori Wiggins along with local Master Gardeners, Carrel Robinson, Mary Sims, Tom Breaux, and Lee Breaux. 
  • Lessons on making healthy food choices, food for growth, seeds we eat, and nutrients for plants are just a few of the lessons students have been learning during this school year.
  • For more information on how to volunteer for this Extension program, contact the Taylor County Extension Service at, 838-3508.


Taylor County Elementary Students Harvesting Carrots

  • For more pictures and up to date information about this project go to the Taylor County Extension facebook page and like it