Gardening With Children
This Spring, on the way back from filming in the Dominican Republic, I was able to swing up to Gainesville for a few days during a stopover in Florida. Gainesville is where my aunt, cousin and three gorgeous second cousins live.
I was lucky to be there when their entire school went out to plant sunflower seeds, an annual spring ritual.
School Planting Sunflowers
Hadiya Carefully Planting
Nadira Discovering How Much Easier It Is To Plant With Feet
In addition to the sunflower field, there is a community garden where the kids grow their own vegetables and herbs, some from seed. They also compost their own fertilizer.
The School’s Community Garden
Omari Proudly Working On His Garden Plot
The school also has chickens and goats, so the kids get to learn about animal husbandry. They were hiding as the rain was coming, but I did manage to get a peek of a peacock on the school roof – how cool is this school?!
Since the kids do read this blog and will hate those pictures, here is a sweet picture of grandma, mom, and the three kids, taken later that day in their garden at home:
Some Other Inspiration For Gardening With Children:
- Hannah’s son is going to camp where they grow 75% of their own food.
- Tracy’s daughter helps cuddle the chickens.
- Green Bean brings nature to her children with a butterfly garden shaped in the form of a butterfly in her front yard.
- Diana raises llama children, chicken and goat children, and baby goslings – ok they’re not humans, but they are so darn cute!!
- Kendra’s son proudly holds a praying mantis. She also writes about the nutritional benefits of having a garden with children.
- Andrea has a great post about getting kids into gardening.
- Lisa’s daughter helps her harvest garlic. She also took the kids to pick local blueberries recently, which seems to be a common trend this summer!
- Patti posts about children making paper out of things in the garden.
- Farm Mom’s daughter made a beautiful bouquet with flowers and weeds from the garden.
- Woman With A Hatchet’s daughter proudly holds a first zucchini harvest… and then refuses to eat it.
I know there are lots of you gardeners who have children – please share your stories and links to your posts in the comments! What’s it like? Any words of wisdom for parents just starting their gardens?
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Ok, Enough Technical Stuff, How’s Your Garden?
I know lots of you are growing gardens with children – please share! What is it like? What do your children like most? Do they actually eat the produce, or are you finding it difficult to get them to eat the goods? What funny or interesting things do you remember about your children in the garden? Does your child’s school have a garden?
And those of you who don’t have children, don’t be shy. Please update us about your garden, how it grows, what you’re up to!