Young Organic Farmers

A growing number of young people are leaving desk jobs to start small local organic farms. Several state and local policy changes have made small scale organic farming sustainable and accessible to young gardeners farming on 2 or 3 acres of land. Today, 70% of the young farmers have gone to college and studied various…

Kids Cut and Come Again Garden

In the fall in Southern California, kids can plant a vibrant garden of cut and come again leafy Heirloom Greens and tasty Salad Greens for quick stir fries or tasty salads all winter. Lettuces, spinach, arugula, chard, mustard, and other stir fry greens and salad fixings thrive in cooler temperatures as the frost give them…

Kids Fruit Tree Year

Kids can get in tune with the changing seasons by growing their own fruit trees, as the gardening year has its own rhythm, flowering, fruiting, and ripening. Winter is the dormant season for fruit trees, where most fruit trees and bushes drop their leaves. Temperate fruit trees need this period of winter chill, as a…

Kids Elderberry Flu Remedy

The elderberry bush is a large bush, growing between 6 and 16 feet, that produces bunches of bluish black berries in full or partial sun and rich, well drained soil. For thousands of years, people have used elderberries to boost immune systems and help fight infection. Now Big Pharma sells elderberry inspired remedies. Kids can…

Kids Store Veggies

Kids can store the harvest of organic veggies from their backyard raised bed garden in a way that extends their freshness. Kids should store tomatoes at room temperature; with an abundant harvest, kids can roast or cook them and make tomato sauce and salsa to can or freeze. After harvesting garlic and onions, kids can…

Kids Rose Hip Syrup

Roses are edible flowers that kids can use to dress their salads or desserts. Roses are exquisite as decorations on a cake. Edible rose petals make fanciful ice cubes for a party punch on festive occasions. Rosewater as a facial toner has been a favorite since ancient times with the calming scent of the roses…

Kids Dry Climate Edibles

Families that would like to plant food in their landscape, but live in a dry climate, like California or Arizona, can choose from a variety of fruit trees, plants, and vines that are drought tolerant and long living to plant around their home. Globe Artichokes grow well in dry climates and have naturalized in the…

Kids Heirloom Apples

There are thousands of cultivars of apples. Heirloom apples are older varieties with a wide diversity of seasons, flavor, and texture, produced in open pollination, and grown in small batches that have adapted to their local environment. Warmer winters and cooler summers in Washington State has made it the largest producer of apples nationally. However,…

Kids Herbal Companion Plants

Herbs make nice companion plants to veggie plants, other herbs, fruits, and flowers. Healing herbs are good for kids and good for the garden. Some herbs provide assistance to each other to improve growing conditions and repel pests. The garden benefits by the interconnectedness of the different plants as certain herbs, like borage and dill,…

Kids Plant Trees

Planting trees can save the planet from the drastic climate change that is happening today. Las Flores Community Garden has planted a fruit tree orchard in the picture above that not only provides fruit, but improves the local water, air, and soil. Many school yards are treeless with shadeless playgrounds and parking areas. Planting trees…