I have been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and have been completely appalled by how our children eat. The lack of knowledge of fruits and veggies is stunning…shocking that we have come so far from our food source that children cannot recognize many common vegetables.
When I was active in the WSU Master Gardener program my specialty was teaching people to garden with children. That in of itself was so foreign to me as I cannot remember a time that I did not know how to garden. Having to go and purposely teach parents to include their kids in their gardens seemed so strange. But I enjoyed my time with parents that were eager to make their gardens more child friendly. I also went around to schools and set up school gardens…which was very rewarding, and a also bit challenging!
I still have a deep passion for trying to get adults to include children in the garden. Our next generation needs to know where their food comes from. They need to know how to grow real food. They need to know how to take care of the earth that gives us such bounty…
To that end I have started a summer long children’s gardening series and contest over at the farm. I know I am preaching to the choir here at Not Dabbing in Normal as most of us are gardeners that love to have our kids with us. But there is a whole world filled with folks that need a little push to include the little ones.
This is where you all come in…I am asking you a favor.
I would love it if you would come on over and join us. I would love to include the readers here because as more experienced gardeners than most, I think your ideas and ‘can do‘ attitude would go miles to inspiring the beginners and newbies to gardening with kids. All you need to do is let me know either here or there that you want to join us…I’ll add you to my blogroll.
And if you need more incentive…I’m awarding prizes for the most creative gardens that include children’s features!
So if you are a pro at building sunflower houses or bean tepees. If you have some creative ways of growing veggies to appeal to kids or if you can teach us how to build a killer scarecrow…please join us!
This will be a weekly series that runs every Thursday all summer long with the winners being chosen in September. We will have all summer to plan, create, and grow the most amazing children’s gardens.
But most importantly we will have a chance to show other parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors how fun it can be to share the love and wonder of gardening with the next generation!
This is so important if we are going to reclaim our food system…we must get our kids involved. They must know how to grow their own food or know that real food comes from the farmer down the road, from the farmer’s market or CSA and NOT from a box that was made months ago somewhere across the country…or world!
OK…I’m done ranting and preaching to the choir!
Thanks…you guys rock!
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