‘I Eat the Vegetables because I Have Grown them with My Own Hands’: Children's Perspectives on School Gardening and Vegetable Consumption: Children's Perspectives on School Gardening and Vegetable Consumption

A. Sarti, S.C. Dijkstra, O.E. Nury, J.C. Seidell, C.W.M. Dedding

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Inadequate vegetable consumption is a global public health concern related to numerous health risks. A promising intervention to increase children's vegetable consumption is school gardening, although earlier studies have shown mixed results. This study explores how gardening might contribute to changed attitudes towards eating vegetables from a child's perspective. Findings are based on qualitative research with children in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We reflect on how children enact agency regarding their vegetables. Results show that children report that changes occur in their attitudes towards vegetables as they not only eat more vegetables but also advocate the consumption of vegetables at home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429–440
Number of pages12
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


  • agency
  • attitudes to vegetables and their consumption
  • child perspective
  • school gardening
  • vegetable consumption

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