Do you have an active child at home? Would you like to grow your own organic vegetables and herbs, but don’t have the time?
A NYS certified teacher (Elementary, Special Ed.), who is also a mom, artist and avid home/school gardener, will teach and guide your child or children in designing, setting up, growing and maintaining a family ‘victory garden’ at your location.
is the perfect combination of activities:
hands-on, contemplative and productive.
In his excellent book Last Child in the Woods: Protecting Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv argues that many children’s behavior issues stem from a lack of sufficient time spent outdoors. Children need unstructured free play outside; as well as productive activities in nature.
Creating and maintaining a garden at home calls upon and develops a whole range of skills and work habits. Producing their own healthful, colorful, delicious vegetables makes it much more likely that children will eat them.
● Personal Safety ● Tools ● Pests
● Poison Ivy ID ● Sun Exposure
Planning out a garden:
● Choosing crops and understanding what goes best where
● Testing soil
Academic aspects can be addressed as well:
● The math and science of gardening: measurement, calculating materials needs,
● Understanding sustainable gardening, hypothesizing
● Journaling, personal reflections, descriptive and creative writing
Numerous other activities and skills can be included:
(it’s not just digging and weeding!)
● Building: creating raised beds, with or without painted decoration
● Making anti-deer and anti–pest structures to protect your crops!
● “Hypertufa pots,” seats, troughs and “Toad Abodes”
● And much more. We hope to cover many of these questions here on the blog!