disease prevention through community, gardening and education

Our Garden Mission

Childhood obesity: It’s not a harmless “phase” that a kid will grow out of on their way to healthy adolescence and adulthood. It’s a serious condition that can put a child on the path to ongoing medical challenges and significantly diminish their quality of life.

Evidence suggests that more than 56% of 5th graders in Stanislaus County suffer from obesity. But there’s hope!

All the elements children need to be healthier and happier can be found in one place: a garden.

  • Sunshine
  • Fresh air
  • Physical activity
  • Knowledge about where food comes from
  • A better understanding of how fresh produce energizes the body

It’s all neatly packaged in fun experiences that engage, educate, and encourage children and their families. And you can enjoy those experiences at Modesto Children’s Garden!

You can also support our mission by purchasing lovingly “homegrown” produce, handmade crafts, and more at our Farmer’s Market or renting our beautiful event spaces.

Planting a Vision for Every Child

From skies to soil


We’re pleased to say that with your support, our efforts over more than a decade to draw attention to Valley Children’s Hospital have helped raise awareness of their services and the amazing work they do. And now, the Pelandale Specialty Care Center is providing even easier access to health services in our area.

But our work’s not done!

We’ve shifted our focus to another critical children’s issue: the unrelenting epidemic of childhood obesity. Learn about the many ways Modesto Children’s Garden [link] is helping address it—through our children’s programs, Farmers Market, beautiful event spaces and more.

Then join us on this journey and become part of the solution!