15 June 2014, by gj
Social media has afforded us the wonderful opportunity to e-meet other gardeners and talented individuals; some of whose paths we otherwise might have never crossed.
We do so enjoy introducing them to you in our Sundays in the Garden series.
So without further eloquence, please meet one of our equaintances, Christina Kamp~
Hi, Gardening Jones and friends.
Here in Oklahoma we run a family childcare home, Little Sprouts Learning Garden. We have kids ages 1-11, and know that what kids eat is incredibly important to their growth and development.
We also feel that what is in our food supply is alarming, so for the past three years have taught the kids to grow chemical free food for themselves.
They are learning skills they can use for a lifetime.
In addition to the other activities we do at Little Sprouts, the garden teaches the kids social interaction, math, reading, and endless science lessons, so it’s a big part of what we do each day.
It also helps keep the kids active in a world where video games, computers, and television are king.
The benefits of gardening carry over into every area of learning, so it’s an amazing activity to do with kids.
Children are 80% more likely to try a food they helped grow, and that’s helping these Little Sprouts learn to like a whole lot more things than they did before we started the garden.
The kids also learn to cook, which encourages them to try new things.
The changes in them, and me, are amazing!
Childhood obesity and diet related illnesses are increasing in epic proportions. We need to do something now to change the future, especially here in the United States. The art of gardening, until recently has been dying slowly over time. It’s a skill that we can’t lose. We need it.
Our journey toward better food has been fun. I would LOVE to help other childcare providers, teachers, and others who work with kids to start gardens.
We have a book about our trials, failures and successes that hopefully will be published soon, that would help get the information people need to do that.
There is also information about it on a new blog called Little Sprouts Learning.
You can find us on Facebook for updates.
We would love for you to join us in our journey!