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KERNEL (Kids Eating Right-Nutrition and Exercise for Life)

is a youth-oriented program designed for Farmers Markets to engage children in learning about lifelong healthy eating habits, gardening and exercise.
Each week will have a short activity to do at the market. After the children complete the activity, they will be given an activity and recipe card as well as $2.00 in KERNEL Cash to spend at the market on fresh fruits, vegetables or plant starts!

A look ahead for KERNEL ACTIVITIES:

October 12th will be “Favorite Recipe”

Below is an Archive of this season’s previous KERNEL Activities and Links for Educational information to further explore.

October 6th will be “Seed Saving”

SEPTEMBER 28th will be “Leaves”

SEPTEMBER 21st will be “Gourds”

SEPTEMBER 14th will be “Parts of the Plant”

Learn about the parts of the plant and the different types of fruits, vegetables and seeds we eat.

SEPTEMBER 7th will be “Give a Farmer a Hand”

Come say thank you to the farmers that grow our food and making eating local possible.

AUGUST 31st will be “Yoga”

AUGUST 24th will be “Vitamin C Detective”

AUGUST 17th will be “Calisthenics”

with Special Guests Advocate Fitness and Ambition Physical Therapy.

AUGUST 10th will be “Farmers Market BINGO”

Join us for National Farmers Market Week.


AUGUST 3rd will be “Vitamin of the Sun”

JULY 27th will be about “Community Garden and Rock Painting”

At the market we will be painting rocks, bring your own or we will have some available too.

We had hoped to have an open house tour at the Pumpkin Patch Community Garden.  However, the garden does not have all the trees like the park and we are afraid it will be too warm. 

JULY 20th will be “Jump Rope”

JULY 13th will be “Bike Safety”

With Special Guest

JULY 6th will be “Root Development”

JUNE 29th was about butterflies are they “Pollinator or Pest”

June 22: Hula Hoop

June 15th was “Cross Pollination”

KERNEL ACTIVITY FOR JUNE 8th was “Container Gardening”

KERNEL ACTIVITY FOR JUNE 1st was “Plant a Seed”, we had Sunflowers and Peas.

The KERNEL Activity for opening day May 25th was Transplanting a Tomato Plant. 

We were fortunate to have WSU Master Gardeners on hand the same day, and many children benefited from their guidance.
Did you know that tomatoes can be planted in a container? And that basil is a great companion plant to plant with it. Both to help each other grow but they also taste yummy together!
Want some more tips on how to care for your tomato plant?
To learn more about tomatoes follow this link to Oregon State University’s website FOODHERO.ORG. There you can find recipes, gardening tips, kid’s activities and more about tomatoes and many other fruits, vegetables, and other foods.
The USDA has a wealth of recipes and information as well at the SNAP-ED Connection website about tomatoes and more!

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