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Planting Healthy Habits at the Dallas Farmers Market

October 30th, 2015 | by Michelle
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The harvest from Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden at the Dallas Farmer’s Market will be donated to Family Gateway, a North Texas Food Bank location just around the corner from the market. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Shutterstock.com

On Oct. 15, the Dallas Farmers Market planted its first seeds in Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden. Located just east of The Shed, this new teaching garden will educate visitors, particularly children, on how to grow food and make healthy eating decisions.

The garden, which currently consists of 10 beds with plans for row crops in the spring, was named after Mama Ida Papert, a strong supporter of the Farmers Market and the founder of Dallas Farmers Market Friends. The harvest from Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden will be donated to Family Gateway, a North Texas Food Bank location just around the corner from the market.

“Everyone involved in the farmers market is passionate about eating healthy and local, and making good food choices,” says Kim Aman. “What better way to teach families and kids than to show them how food is grown?”

“Farmer” Kim Aman, recognized as a 2013 Eco-educator by WFAA-TV and a Dallas Farmers Market Friends board member, will run the garden and its programing in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA). Aman worked closely with AHA to develop a curriculum tailored specifically to Mama Ida’s, as it is the first AHA garden located in a farmers market.

“With adults it can be really hard to change behavior, but with kids you can make a difference,” Aman says.

In just four years of working with kids at the Moss Haven Farm, Aman saw tremendous change. Instead of reaching for candy bars, kids snacked on apples; and instead of bringing donuts to celebrate birthdays, parents began bringing clementines. These small changes can significantly change child obesity rates in America.

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Not only will Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden help to educate visitors on healthy living, but it will foster deeper community in the neighborhood.

“It’s the whole farmer mentality,” Aman says. “If someone needs a barn raised, people will come. The more you connect with that community, the more you build community. Good things come through gardens—not just the produce you grow or the lessons you learn, but the connections you make.”

In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, the American Heart Association, and other organizations in the neighborhood, Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden is positioned perfectly to pool a strong volunteer base and help to truly change kids’ attitudes toward food and farming. And who knows—it might be the place that the next crop of local farmers gets its start.

For more information: Dallasfarmersmarket.org

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