Just as with learning to walk, children learn best by doing rather than by watching. Gardening with kids is filled with exploration, education, and fun, allowing them to experience things firsthand and participate in active learning. Working in a garden inspires creativity, develops nurturing skills, and empowers kids to make choices, thus giving them a sense of pride in their accomplishments.
In 2010, around one-third of the food produced in the United States was not consumed, and ended up being wasted. That is a troubling statistic, and represents a food waste crisis that if left ignored will continue to burn holes in the pockets of families, and contribute to waste and the myriad problems it causes our planet.
For most of history, people were experts on food preservation because their lives depended on it. Around the turn of the twentieth century, electric refrigeration enabled people to transport food longer distances, sell it in modern supermarkets, and keep it cool at home. As a result, most of us never learned the low-tech food preservation skills once passed down in every culture.
Last week I taught at a children’s summer camp program called Back to Nature at the nearby Montessori school. The following is a daily curriculum journal of the program that can be used as a resource for nature-based activities and lessons for children.
“You Don’t Need To Have A Lot Of Money In Order To Live A Rich & Fulfilled Life” A Fathers Legacy of Natural Living
My father was a master carpenter and sourced a plethora of brilliant ideas for DIY building projects directly from the magazine. My favorite was the swingset he built for my sister and I in California. While inspiration cannot be physically traced, I am certain that the streams of words I heard from my father’s voice while my head was pressed against his heart and the smell of his morning coffee filled the air, inexorably educated me about the environmental issues which faced our society and inevitably moved me on a profound level to take action as an adult, all the while becoming educated and informed by reading Mother Earth News.
“I’m sure by this time you’ve all heard the words “7 Generations” .. that’s an instruction that comes to our leaders. The instructions are, when you sit in your council on the welfare of the people, think not of yourself, nor your family, nor even your generation .. make your decisions on behalf of those generations coming .. those faces looking up from the earth each generation unto 7 .. having a compassion for those faces .. having responsibility for those faces .. our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren .. leadership, principles, values .. not complicated, but pretty hard in today’s time.”
—Chief Oren Lyons”
A resilient lifestyle approach starting at the home base. Ben Falk and Whole Systems Design’s research farm focused on the most adaptive strategies for dealing with the Current Situation. Most people can do most of this. A local food systems, permaculture and resiliency response
She runs the fields barefoot. She sings to the crops and dances for the plants. She is curious and brave, intelligent and wise, sweet and compassionate, loving and nurturing. She is 4 but she is wise like the sages. She teaches me so much about life and love and healing.
All across the world, people are embracing the concept that regenerative agriculture can restore ecosystems, produce abundant and healthy food, and reverse global warming. With this knowledge, we teamed up with Regeneration International and the Organic Consumers Association to learn why these farmers have chosen to pursue regenerative agriculture, and what they are doing to build a brighter future for all of us. Join us to explore these Stories of a Fertile Earth.”