Kids’ Food Self-Sufficiency


Kids’ food self-sufficiency can start small with learning how to make their own sandwich and to grow an herb in the kitchen window. At some schools, kids can learn to grow veggies in school gardens, how to cook in culinary classrooms, and about nutrition in science classrooms. Many park and recreation district centers have cooking classes. The local public library is full of wonderful books to teach kids how to cook, plant a garden, and keep healthy. Some nurseries have gardening classes on Saturday mornings. Kids can create their own organic backyard veggie garden starting small and gradually adding more. Kids can plant dwarf fruit trees in large containers by the front door in urban areas. Kids can visit the local community garden and organic gardening club to find Master Gardeners that know the region, climate, and right seeds for their area. Kids can create a raised bed veggie garden and plant everything needed to make one recipe, like spaghetti sauce. Kids are thrilled to be able to can the spaghetti sauce and provide a delight for the whole family that can last up to a year. A well planned large home garden can supply fresh seasonal eating and a year’s worth of home-preserved fruits and vegetables. Eating is a social activity and studies have shown that eating together as a family helps children do well socially and at school. When kids are taught to grow a garden and cook the produce, kids can discover food self-sufficiency for their whole family.

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