March is National Nutrition Month

PUHI — When Sydney Cervantes left with her tray of starter seedlings, she did not need any help Saturday during the Kauai Community Market.

“These are going into the garden I’m planting,” Cervantes said. “The seedlings are beautiful and the weather is right for starting a garden.”

As Cervantes passed the Kauai Master Gardeners tent set up near the front of the market, Rachelle Bachran of the state Department of Health and the Kauai Master Gardeners was speaking about growing vegetables and fruits.

March is National Nutrition Month.

The Kauai Master Gardeners will draw on the knowledge of the DOH and the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to host “What in the World is that Produce?”

“Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme of National Nutrition Month, serving as a reminder that each person holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month, and over time, helps improve health.

The presentation, led by Bachran and Laura Kawamura of the CTAHR Extension office, will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College.

Shoppers can learn about the nutrition, preparation and appreciation of some of the uncommon fruits and vegetables found at the market, including bittermelon, jicama and eggplant.

Another presentation is scheduled April 22 when Kauai Master Gardeners’ Samantha Henriques and Joshua Silva of the CTAHR Extension Office will present “Garden with Soil, Plant-derived Pots,” where shoppers can learn to make garden pots using natural resources such as soil, compost and peat moss.

The Kauai Master Gardeners help promote sustainable home gardening and landscaping practices on the island and will also be participating in the Garden Fair coming up on April 8 at KCC.

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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