Children at Long Island’s Waldorf School learn healthy eating from the garden up

The Waldorf School

The Waldorf School

Schools across the country are overhauling their lunch programs to include healthier foods. But while most state governments are doing this through laws and legislation, one Long Island School is taking a different approach to healthy eating.

The Waldorf School of Garden City is the only school on Long Island with a gardening program integrated into their curriculum. They use hands-on learning to teach children about sustainability and organic eating. The gardening classes are taught by Jeannine Davis who instructs students in grades one through eight on all aspects of growing.

The program coincides with the school’s philosophy of holistic learning pioneered by Rudolf Steiner at the end of the 19th century. It aims to instill a sense of responsibility for the environment as well as for the food they eat in the hopes that it will be integrated into student’s lifestyles.