When kids are busy in the garden and in the kitchen, they experience the here and now in the living present. Kids are more aware of insects and birds, the sun and wind, aromas and flavors, when they are tending their own organic fruit and veggie garden. Kids find adventures and make discoveries everyday rooting about in the garden soil, learning that the soil is alive with earthworms and microorganisms. When they harvest their produce they want to eat what they grew and the kitchen becomes a magical place. Kids find that food cooked from scratch, especially from their organic veggie garden, is easily accessed, more flavorful, less expensive, and makes them feel better after eating. Kids often eat the sweet veggies at their most delicious and nutritious state while standing in the garden. When friends and family enjoy the food they have grown and prepared themselves, kids feel a sense of responsibility and pride of accomplishment.
School gardens are making a tremendous impact on the students that have participated, more grants are being offered, and more schools are establishing gardens and kitchen curriculums every year. The joy kids find in growing and cooking their own food brings positive eating habits, leadership skills, and better attitudes. Every academic subject can be taught with illustrations from nature. Working in the garden gives kids physical activity, an understanding and respect for food and where it comes from, and a healthy diet. If kids around the world grew their own organic food in home, school, or community gardens, there would be a radical change in world health and economics. Kids can change the world by becoming more self reliant and aware of their connection to the intricate web of life by growing and cooking their own food.