In today’s market, kids can choose to eat a fresh organic apple from a tree in the backyard or organic jellied apple snacks that have been processed, packaged, stored, and shipped. Overly processed foods are not the healthiest choice, even when they are organic. The closer kids get to a food’s natural state, the more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are assimilated into energy for active brains and bodies, like Soryn in the picture above in his school garden. Organic foods help conserve the health of the land, animals, crops, and kids. Sustainable means farmers replace what they take from the land so they don’t use up an area’s resources and don’t add waste or pollution. The chemicals used in conventional growing and processing foods has made their way into our soil, air, and water, as well as into the people that eat the foods. Community Gardens are springing up across the nation in cities on unused public spaces, roofs, and empty lots as people want fresh organic produce. Kids love to go to the Farmer’s Market where they can experience local, organic, and seasonal produce. When kids eat locally, the foods don’t travel long distances to get to their plates, reducing the carbon footprint. Local organic food is fresher, ripened on the vine, and free from chemical poisons. Kids can grow an organic garden at school, on their patio, or at a community garden. This access to produce that is in season in their area of the county gives them a varied and changing diet with access to different antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients throughout the year. Families can support Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and get a box of fresh fruits and veggies each week from a local organic farmer. Kids can eat close to nature and grow food in containers filled with rich organic soil right where they live.