One Million Green Fingers

That’s right folks, Saturday Kitchen’s celebrity chef James Martin is swapping his spatula for a spade, recently launching a new initiative with Yorkshire Water in Britain which aims to set the standard for outdoor learning in Primary Schools.

The One Million Green Fingers initiative aims to utilize the company’s thousands of volunteers to create over 350 sustainable school gardens and one million green fingers by 2010, and in the process encourage chefs to help children learn about cooking.

They’ve launched it with a two-day simultaneous gardening challenge as hundreds of the company's volunteers will work together with gardening hit squads, local Primary Schools and James Martin to transform outdoor areas into sustainable school gardens.

Study’s show that schools which have created outdoor learning areas in Britain have reported that seventy-three per cent of their pupils demonstrated improvement in their behavior, while eighty-five per cent indicated that the gardens had increased healthy active play.

And by creating gardens in schools, they’ll also be providing children in Yorkshire with hands-on outdoor learning experiences involving key issues like water conservation, sustainability, healthy eating, the environment and the food chain.

Sounds like a great program to me!

See also: Study Shows Outdoor Ed. Improves Science and Math Scores
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