TALLAHASEE, FLA. -- Florida's agriculture commissioner is hoping school kids will "dig" a new garden just one block from the state capitol.
The "Fresh For Florida Kids Garden" is in the back yard of the building that houses the school lunch program, and Commissioner Adam Putnam says it's designed to show off Florida's fresh fruits and veggies.
"There's a strong connection between good nutrition and academic success," he said. "And we know that when kids connect where their foods come from, they're more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables; they're more likely to develop life-long healthy eating habits."
Commissioner Putnam was joined by more than 20 school kids for the grand opening.
The garden is packed with Florida produce... including corn, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries and peas.
Putnam's statements regarding the connection between nutrition and academic performance have been supported by multiple studies.
Many other studies also back the validity of healthy eating habits arising from knowing the origins of the items found in the grocery store.