Home Gardening For Kids

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.

Home Gardening

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.

The basics:

● 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!

What are the primary benefits of having a “Family Victory Garden”?

Setting up and maintaining an organic “Family Home Victory Garden” is truly a “win-win-win-win” decision with multiple and lasting benefits for your children, family, community and the planet!

1. For your child or children:

  • Hands-on learning of useful life-long skills—not only gardening, but math, botany and other skills as well.
  • Understanding the concepts of sustainable, ecologically sound ways of living from an early age
  • The scientific, math and specific skills learned are about something the child is interested in. This makes the skills less abstract and more real, and a greater interest in learning is likely to carry over when the child is in the classroom.
  • Feeling a sense of achievement and of being a contributing part of the family’s success and well-being.

2. For your Family:

  • Your garden is a project that will bring family members together.
  • You’ll garner a supply of the the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious vegetables to be had anywhere.
  • The “fruits of your garden” will pay for themselves many times over if the garden is maintained from season to season,  and will thus be a net financial gain for you.
  • By using your own produce, your meals will naturally tend toward the healthy side (fresh kale and basil just don’t suggest “Big Macs” as a side dish!), so your garden should improve all family members’ overall long-term health and well-being.

3. For your Community:

  • Your garden is a healthy organic piece of land in your community on which no pesticides or manufactured fertilizers will be used.
  • Your friends and neighbors may be stimulated to consider starting gardens.
  • Anything you grow in excess of your own needs can be shared as you see fit to benefit whomever.
  • Learning and practicing principles of sustainable living will make you more informed citizens and voters and lead you to consider other healty, beneficial life style changes.

4. Planet Earth (“Think globally – Act Locally”):

  • None of what you grow will consume synthetic fertilizers, power to run agribusiness machinery, or oil for refrigerated boat/truck shipping and storage over long distances.
  • Fewer trips to shop will decrease local pollution and lower your carbon footprint.
  • The businesses who supply you with the materials for organic gardening will mostly be vendors with socially responsible business models.