You can’t beat the look of wonder on a child’s face when they harvest their first carrot from the ground or collect fresh eggs from the hen house, and with more and more children not knowing where their grub comes from, now is the time for action!
Will you help?
What we are asking the government to do is simple. We want access for all school aged children to grow food within the school environment so that they can appreciate what goes into growing food, how to do it and, more importantly, enjoy their rewards by eating their own produce.
I’ll write more below, but if you want to join my call for food growing spaces and sessions in all schools then this is what I need you to do.
Take Action Today!
Its that simple!
Why should children grow their own food?
I could mention the growing obesity epidemic, the lack of exercise, the rise in ill mental health, but I would be happier talking about the positives.
Watching a child harvest their first ever carrot is a wonder filled experience as they realise what a real fresh carrot smells and tastes like – just like the sweetest of sweets. They are so enthusiastic to learn about the creepy crawlies and worms in the hidden world beneath their feet. They love searching for pumpkins in the squash beds as though they were treasure. Quite simply it is magic!
Many of us parents are finding it increasingly harder with time constraints which means that less and less children are learning where their food actually comes from. This is a tragedy.
Food is LIFE. It is one of the things we need most to live a healthy and well balanced life.
Many schools up and down the land have been leading the way on this with excellent projects from grow bags in the playground to full blown allotments, some with hens! This isn’t the case for all schools though.
This is why I am asking you to help me call on the government require schools to have provisions for all school aged children to have access to growing fruit and vegetables if the child would like to. This could be in the form of a weekly lesson, a free after school club or maybe as part of the weekly assembly.
I would love to hear your thoughts in the section below.
Thanks for reading,
Richard the Gardener