Garden to Table with Kids

Winter garden plantingSpring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get your hands in the dirt!  Whether you are ready to commit to a full garden or just a planter or two of flowers, gardening is a great activity for the whole family.  The more involved your kids are with food production, the more they are likely to try something new.  The phenomenon of planting seeds or seedlings and watching them gown into vegetables can spark the curiosity of even the pickiest of eaters.

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Next time you’re cooking a meal, consider re-growing some of the ingredients instead of tossing the scraps in the trash.  Depending on where you live, you might not have luck getting your avocado pit to turn into a fruit-bearing tree, but it can still be fun and educational to watch the seed turn into a plant.

Just last week I put my pineapple top in water to see what happens.  Next on my list is to plant some Meyer lemon seeds and see if I can get them to sprout in my climate.

Planters

41oRG0uK3uL._SL160_Committing to a full garden might not fit into your plans right now, but putting a few seedlings in a planter is definitely doable. Let your kids pick out a few seedlings and get their hands in the dirt while filling the planter with some easy to grow container vegetables.  There won’t be too many weeds to pick, and watering and weeding the planter can be a daily outdoor activity.

Raised Beds

51QEMWliTJL._SL250_Once you’ve tried your hand at growing a few crops in a planter, you might be ready to commit to a raised garden bed.  You can build one yourself or order one from Amazon. You’ll have more space to try out different crops and can easily intall an irrigation system.  Check out the Farmer’s Almanac to see what will grow best in your area for the best results.

Farmers Markets

LandscapeNot everyone has the inclination, space, or time to grow their own food.  Visiting your local farmers market is a great way to introduce your kids to the people who grow their food. Check out the USDA’s Local Food Directory or Local Harvest to find a Farmers Market near you.

 

 

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Even more than a farmers market, a local farm shows your kids where and how the food they eat is produced.  Especially in the spring and fall, many small farms have visitor days  and events when you can come and see the plants and animals in action.

 

 

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