Hamilton, Bermuda (June 18, 2015) – The Argus Group today announces its support of the Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation’s Healthy Harvest Garden, a seed-to-table programme that teaches children about harvesting crops.
The students are taught how to grow and harvest crops from seeds, learn about nutrition and how to prepare the crops that are grown. As part of the programme, children tend to the growing vegetables, remove weeds and generally lean how to look after a garden.
The Healthy Harvest Garden is in its second year and has grown from 14 students in its inaugural year to include 80 students this year. Four 60-minute classes are offered each week to P1-4 students from Prospect Primary and Victor Scott. Healthy Harvest Garden is expected to grow next year to include pre-school children.
Fiona Rodriguez-Roberts, Director and Founder of Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation, says: “I would like to thank Argus for their ongoing support of Healthy Harvest Garden, which has allowed us to significantly grow the programme this year. We are also grateful to the Argus employees and our general volunteers who helped to prepare the soil to make it ready for planting. The more volunteer hours spent priming the garden, the more hours our teachers can spend focused on teaching the children.”
The crops grown in the garden ultimately will be sold locally and already there are interested restaurant buyers. Corn, herbs and cotton trees among other crops are currently growing in the garden.
Michelle Jackson, Executive Vice President, Group Insurance of the Argus Group, says: “We are delighted to see how the Healthy Harvest Garden programme has grown this year. Gardening teaches young people to be responsible, to be a team player and gives them self-confidence and a love of nature. As a health advocate, I believe it is important for young people to learn about the benefits of growing local produce.”
For more information about Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation or to learn more about volunteering opportunities, visit www.kaf.bm.