Posted Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Kids and Food 1

Young boy gardening at Frelinghuysen

Ever ask your child where their food comes from and receive an answer like: “the supermarket,” … “the bottle,” … “our refrigerator?”

We all want the best for our children and know the importance of a healthy, balanced, all-natural diet. But did you know that giving your little ones the opportunity to grow their own food empowers them to make smart eating decisions? It also provides budding chefs the chance to grow and prepare delicious food.

Empower your child at “Branching Out!,” a hands-on, gardening program for ages 5 through 13 at the Morris County Park Commission’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. There are spring and summer sessions.

Kids and Food 2

Girls tend to their plants at Frelinghuysen

Kids dig in and get dirty learning the fundamentals of gardening; they will plant and care for their very own garden and experience the joy of the harvest! Children learn that with a little work and a lot of patience, the food you grow yourself tastes better.

Register today for the spring and summer session. This is the 44th gardening season for this fun and educational program.

Participate on Saturdays in the spring, and two days a week in the summer, depending on age level. The spring program runs through June 25 (Closed Memorial Day weekend).  The Summer Session is July 5 – August 18.  Mondays and Wednesday OR  Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Young gardeners may attend either or both sessions. Registration and information is available at

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.