Merrie Way Community

Healthy Sustainable Living

Kids and Teens Grow Organic Gardens-Provides a vital learning curve to make Peace with their bodies and to commit to a healthy lifestyle. The onset of childhood chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity and other childhood chronic diseases can be attributed to poor nutrition and lack of exercise, as well as genetics and environmental influences.

Tending Veggie & Fruits Gardens

Promotes healthy nutritional habits, body mindfulness, and appreciation for the preparation of healthy meals at school, at home, and influencing the community at large.

Planning 'Garden to Cafeteria' projects students learn practical uses of math, science, and environmental studies. Problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration,  leadership and communication skills are focused on in the training.

'PeaceMaking In Community fosters making Peace with your body.  School Organic Gardening provides hands-on learning... of how to grow, harvest veggies and fruits from garden to cafeteria. Using the Rainbow colored diet for fruit and veggie gives tasting choices and variety to students.

Ban Gene-Altered Food In School Cafeterias

Genetic Engineering Impacts Kids Health

Altered nutrients or added toxins can result in developmental problems. We’re being fed GM foods daily, without knowing the impact of these foods on our health, our behavior, or our children. Thousands of schools around the world, particularly in Europe, have decided not to let their kids be used as guinea pigs. They have banned GM foods. (see

GM foods are typically measured by a small number of known nutrient levels. Identifying the changed compounds responsible for antisocial nature of mice or humans in ingesting GM products cannot be fully explained. For example, the pigment in blueberries may revive the brain’s neural communication system, and the antioxidant found in grape skins may fight cancer and reduce heart disease. But what about other valuable compounds we don’t know about that might change or disappear in GM varieties?

With the epidemic of obesity and diabetes parents and schools are waking up to the critical role that diet plays. When making changes in what kids eat, removing GM foods should be a priority.

Occupy Monsanto!

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Through exposure, encouragement, and education of unfamiliar foods, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and eating more fruits and vegetables each day. Through these early, positive experiences, students are developing palates for a lifetime of healthy eating.


Eating healthy, nutritious meals develops a taste for 'Fresh produce vs Processed food.

Bring A Salad Bar To Your School Cafeteria

Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Salad bars profoundly shift the typical school lunch by offering students not only variety but also choice. Schools with salad bars offer a wider variety of vegetables and fruits than other schools.