It was all about fresh food and healthy habits at Growing Gardens, Growing Health's harvest party on Monday evening at Fodor Farms in Norwalk.
Theresa Argondezzi, a Health Educator with the Norwalk Health Department said "We're always talking about healthy eating and one of the biggest messages around healthy eating is getting your fruits and vegetables every day. A great way to get your fruits and vegetables is to grow your own."
Sponsored by the Norwalk Health Department, the 9-week program offered gardening instruction, nutrition education and cooking demonstrations to Norwalk mothers and their kids.
Santina Galbo, a Health Education Associate with the Norwalk Health Department said "We just want to expose people to fresh fruits and vegetables. A big emphasis is on nutrition. A lot of moms and people in general don't know the five food groups and why they are important and why we need them. We targeted moms because they are the ones feeding their kids."
The program, now in it's second year, stressed the importance of making healthier food choices for the whole family.
Essence, a young participant in the program said "I like gardening because you get to really exercise and you like to exercise."
Cynthia, another participant in the program said "I love to water and I love to take care of the garden."
The Norwalk Health Department hopes to be able to continue the program in the future and possibly branch out into lessons with the public schools and their gardens.
Argondezzi added "It's the coolest thing when we walk though the garden and one of the kids will actually pick some basil or some mint from their mother's garden and take it up to the barn where we are having our cooking lessons and eat it. It's something that they might not have done in the past but now they realize where their food comes from and how easy it is to grow their own healthy food."