All parents are concerned about the health and wellbeing of their family. Children are more vulnerable to exposure to pesticides and herbicides; their bodies absorb toxins more readily than adults and their organs do not function as efficiently. Choosing to feed your family organic food reduces your risk of exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, and promotes the development of long-lasting, good eating habits. Organic dairy products and other organic fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients and vitamins, helping your bones and body stay strong. Check out the many reasons to choose organic.
We all know how picky kids can be so it’s important to incorporate fun and unique ideas and foods into your cooking. One of the best ways to get your child involved in the meal preparation process is to ask them to help you. Working together in the kitchen fosters positive relationships and encourages an enthusiasm and appreciation of food.
Children need a lot of nutrients and energy to make it through the school day and afterschool sports.
Bring your children into the garden to inspire them and teach them about where their food comes from. Ask them to help you choose seeds from your organic seed catalog and help them start and grow the seeds they choose. There are so many good memories and habits that can be formed by learning how food is grown. Find organic seeds by searching “seed” in our online directory. Finding potting soils and amendments that are approved for organic growing is easy! Visit the Organic Materials Review Institute website and search "potting soil" (or company/product name) for a list of products available at your local garden centers. You can also call your local store and request "OMRI-listed" products.
If you are looking for a fun food-related adventure for your family, visit one of our certified members’ farm stands or U-Picks. The whole family will learn more about how organic food is grown, enjoy the harvest season, and bring the bounty to your home kitchen. Gardening makes kids more attentive and forces them to be responsible for a living thing, allowing them to actually see and eat the fruits of their labor. Find U-Picks and Farm Stands in our online directory.
Garden educators and writers Whitney Cohen and John Fisher of the Life Lab program have written a great book on gardening with kids, The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun. Find it on Amazon.
Life Lab is a wonderful organization that produces a number of resources for educators and school garden projects, as well as lists and links for teachers and parents.
Curriculum & Activity guides are also available.
We love that they sell helpful informational signs (as PDFs) to put around school gardens!
Plus, workshops for educators are available nationwide, and their YouTube channel is full of great gardening videos. Learn more about these learning opportunities for teachers from Life Lab.
The California School Garden Network offers materials for creating and sustaining school gardens that include helpful planting and management tips useful to parents.