Skip all navigation Skip to page navigation

Garden of Eatin’

Release Date: January 15, 2009
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Starting Jan. 17, children and their families can explore a giant garden of edibles created entirely out of canned and packaged food at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. At the end of the exhibit, the food will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help feed the hungry.

The theme for this 10th annual Triangle Canstruction® competition is “Garden of Eatin’.”  Seven local design and architectural firms are creating spectacular giant-sized sculptures – made out of non-perishable food items – that explore healthy fruits and vegetables from farm to fork. 

The “Canopener” for the 2009 competition will be held Jan. 17 in Raleigh at Marbles Kids Museum.

Nutrition education activities for kids will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Children can have fun learning the food groups with “Mission Nutrition;” plant a seed to take home and watch it grow in the “Tin Can Garden;” enjoy stories of edible adventures with “Tasty Tales;” express themselves with the “Fruity Fashions Dress Up & Parade;” and much more.  Face painting, with choice of fruit or vegetable, will occur from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Canstruction® award ceremony will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The N.C. Fruits & Veggies Nutrition Coalition is one of the sponsors for 2009 Canstruction®.  The “Garden of Eatin’” theme reflects the coalition’s mission--promoting better health for North Carolinians by increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.  Coalition organizations, including the N.C. Nutrition Education and Training Program with the N.C. Division of Public Health and the N.C. Dietetic Association, helped plan the “Canopener” nutrition education activities.

Canstruction®, a foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), is a design-and-build competition held in cities throughout North America. This national competition brings the issue of food security locally and throughout the world to our attention and reminds us that every can makes a difference in helping to end hunger and malnutrition.  To find out more about the 2009 Canstruction® “Garden of Eatin’” in Raleigh, visit

The N.C. Fruits & Veggies Nutrition Coalition began in 1996 and has more than 186 members representing 61 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation.  Coalition members across the state conduct local activities, including programs and promotions in supermarkets, schools, restaurants, cafeterias, worksites, health agencies and community groups.  The N.C. Fruits & Veggies Nutrition Program is part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch, N.C. Division of Public Health.  To learn more about Coalition activities and membership, visit




 Ready NC Connect NC