Planting Our Kids Into A Culture of Gardening
"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden."
Gardening is an encounter most adults today have shared in one capacity or the other.
Being an agro based economy there have been, and still are, many opportunities to
experience farming around us. Many will catch themselves reminiscing past visits kumusha
where their grandparents had them actively involved in the farming activities there. With
respect to continuing the same earth loving culture, we encourage extending this lifestyle to
our children today. Here are some lessons that grow on our kids as they grow their garden;
Things Don't Always Go As Planned
This is a lesson anyone who has ever planted a seed will tell you. Sometimes the yield is
better than expected, other times it is worse. There is a lesson in each outcome on what to
do and what not to do. This is a lesson our little gardeners will as they tend to their plants.
Appreciation For Food
Many of us didn’t have a big appetite in our early stages of childhood. As a result, there was
a lot of coaxing and threatening involved in mealtimes. There is a divorce between the food
we buy and the fruits and veggies grown in the backyard. When our kids are associated with
the process of growing the food we eat, they can value the measure of work and time it
takes to grow only one tomato or a bundle of vegetables. We are more disposed to preserve
our food when we understand the efforts involved in growing it.