A recent survey has identified that nearly 70% of the fresh produce sold in stores across the US contains traces of pesticides. With this fact in mind, it’s all the more important that people not only embrace organic farming, but crucially, get America’s kids on board too. By ensuring that the next generation is equipped with the skills to grow their own produce – and the understanding of why it’s important to know where their food has come from – parents, teachers and carers are boosting their children’s health, as well as helping to preserve the planet for them. Even toddlers can get involved with spotting bugs in the garden, so it’s never too early to start this important mission.
What’s in it for the kids?
When it comes to encouraging children to try organic farming, it’s important to remember that a fair amount of it will come naturally. Kids’ innate curiosity and pride in creating things lend themselves brilliantly to this kind of work. Involving them in the cooking process will also reinforce the pleasure that their efforts have produced. By planting the seeds of interest today, parents, carers and educators are setting their children up for a healthier, tastier and more sustainable tomorrow.
Article by Karoline Gore
Karoline is a freelance writer who enjoys contributing to a rang of publications. She is passionate about natural living and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, her two daughters and their pair of Labradors.
Author: Julie Douglas
Julie is the Marketing & Communications Associate. She is the owner and Clinical herbalist at Wildkrafted Kitchen, a holistic healthcare company in Asheville, NC. Julie is a medicinal herb grower, ethical wild crafter, educator and formulator of internal and external medicines. After graduating with an AA focusing on Photography and Ceramic art, Julie went on to pursue her passion for sustainable small scale agriculture in Washington state where she apprenticed on various organic farms. After discovering their affinity for medicinal herbs, they moved to Asheville to study Holistic Herbalism at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. Julie’s main goals are to make alternative healthcare accessible to marginalized communities, decolonizing herbal medicine and being part of mutual aid networks which strengthen and empower the community.