Driscoll, library team up for Robstown Rainbow Vegetable Garden

ROBSTOWN – Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the Nueces County Keach Family Library are working together to educate children about the importance of eating vegetables in a rainbow of colors.

Dalia Aguilar, Driscoll Children’s Hospital; Rosa A. Carrillo, Driscoll Children’s Hospital; Stephanie Holland, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Juliette Coronado, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; and Ida Gonzalez Garza, Nueces County Keach Family Library.

The Driscoll Children’s Hospital WIC Program, in partnership with the Nueces County Keach Family Library, held the grand opening of the Rainbow Vegetable Garden at the library on August 23.

Driscoll employees, community members and children, state representatives and more gathered for the event, which included a presentation, ribbon cutting and garden activities. The children in attendance each planted seeds that will grow into a variety of vegetables and many left handprints along the garden boxes.

The purpose behind a rainbow vegetable garden is to teach the importance of eating vegetables in every color. The Rainbow Garden follows the mission of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital WIC Program to empower area residents with information on nutritious foods that are high in protein, iron, calcium and vitamins critical for proper growth.

Many children at the event left their handprints underneath their names on the garden boxes where they planted the seeds. The garden is available to both WIC and non-WIC participants.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how it will bring the community together, and allow not only the garden to grow, but also their community,” said Texas WIC representative Juliette Coronado.

Rosa A. Carrillo, LD, Driscoll Children’s Hospital Nutrition Coordinator, is proud of the teamwork that made this initiative a reality. “We have several partners who made this happen, from Driscoll Children’s Hospital to the WIC staff to the Texas AgriLife group, and a main partner is the library, which opened its arms to allow us to have this here.”

The garden, which is available to both WIC and non-WIC participants, will be permanently housed on the back patio of the Nueces County Keach Family Library in Robstown. As Carrillo said, “I think that a vegetable garden goes hand-in-hand with the library, which is all about learning and improving your life.”