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Jake Gyllenhaal gardens with kids

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The Brokeback Mountain actor has partnered up with a foundation to promote healthy eating habits for America's youth.

We know he can act, but did you know he can garden? Source Code star Jake Gyllenhaal is urging kids to adopt healthy eating habits by teaming up with American schools to teach the importance of vegetable gardening.
We know he can act, but did you know he can garden? Source Code star Jake Gyllenhaal is urging kids to adopt healthy eating habits by teaming up with American schools to teach the importance of vegetable gardening.

Gyllenhaal partnered with chef Alice Waters to promote the Edible Schoolyard Project, a program started to teach children how to grow and cook their own food, in order to prevent childhood obesity, diabetes and other diseases related to an unhealthful diet.

Gyllenhaal actively set an example when he rolled up his sleeves to work with young children at the Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco, Calif. to prove that tending a garden can be fun and educational.

During an appearance on yesterday's The Today Show, he said, "I grew up around gardens, growing my own food. My family did that a lot, that was a real source of community growing up. More than anything, I got to know my mother and father and my sister, and they got to know me, at the dinner table...

"The essence of the idea of these gardens is that the kids can come and experience what it's like to grow something and see something grow. And then, once they do see it grow, they have a different relationship with what they eat."

Cheers to Jake Gyllenhaal for making a difference that could change the way the next generation feels about food!
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