This time of year, if you live in the Midwest, the temperatures start rising and you know spring is here. New crops of flowering trees explode in brilliant color every week. The big box stores are stocked up on packets of vegetable and flower seeds and garden stores are crazy busy. This is a great time to fill a couple of pots with dirt and plant a tomato or pepper seed or seedling with your kids. Put the pots outside with at least 5-6 hours of sunshine, water when dry, and watch things grow.
Teaching kids about what real food is starts with teaching them how food grows. Start a small kitchen garden, or a pizza garden (tomatoes, basil, peppers) or a salad garden (greens, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, etc.). Make it fun! Keep a visual diary where your kids draw a picture once a week (or take a picture with your phone) of their plants.
Embrace the joy of growing something simple with your kids. Then see where the passion for growing your own food takes you.
With love and kindness,
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect