Kids can learn healthy habits for a lifetime by growing their own organic garden at home, school, or community garden, and have access to whole organic foods, which are the building blocks of good health. Big corporations, like Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Tech, are trying to shape the way Americans eat, think, and act, but they brought us disease, addiction, and pollution. When kids grow an organic garden, they want to eat what they have grown, often picking and eating it right away. Real food is made from ingredients kids can find in nature, like whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits, herbs, and veggies.
Gardening is a great exercise that gets kids outdoors in the sunshine everyday. Concentrating on interesting gardening tasks can clear the mind, enhance creativity, alleviate stress and anxiety, and even reduce the need for medicine. Organic homegrown fruits and veggies are preventive medicine, detoxifying, healing, and fighting disease.
Some toddlers go to preschool from 7 am to 6 pm and are allowed to stay up until 10 or 11 pm to be with their parents. This does not give toddlers the 12 hours of sleep they need. Many kids are hooked on digital media and play video games before bedtime. It has been proven that watching any screen after dark, especially just before bed, disrupts a good night’s sleep. Before dark, kids can sit in their special bench in the garden and play with their toys. After dark, kids can quietly put their toys to bed, which helps clear their space and minds to rest.
Kids love to share their organic tomatoes, squash, and peppers with their friends and neighbors. The abundance of wholesome food in the garden encourages kids to have potluck dinners with fellow gardeners, giving kids a feeling of connection to their soil and their community.