As researchers nationwide try to get college students to eat healthier foods, they’re finding that gardening may lead to a lasting habit of eating more fruits and vegetables. That’s a recent conclusion of the Get Fruved (Get Your Fruits and Vegetables) project, a collaborative project among eight American universities. The study concluded that if college students gardened as a child or use their green thumbs now, chances are they eat more fruits and vegetables than those who have never gardened. “This finding is particularly relevant, given the recent popularity of school gardens and farm-to-school projects,” says Anne Mathews, a University of Florida assistant professor and lead author of the study. In the study, investigators interviewed 1,351 college students. Students who gardened as a child and/or still garden (68 per cent of respondents) ate 2.9 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, while those who have never gardened ate 2.4 cups of fruits and vegetables per day.