Well...we have made it to the end of the year and what a busy year it’s been for us.
We are now finishing off the last few playhouses in time for them to reach their new home on Christmas day.
There’s a huge move in primary schools at the moment to help children learn about food and where ingredients come from. It would seem this is very timely as a study earlier this year by the sustainable food and farming organisation “Linking Environment And Farming” (LEAF) and reported by the BBC uncovered some shocking facts about where children think food comes from.
We might initially shake our heads and laugh with disbelief that some children think fridges produce strawberries but if we stop and think a while longer, the true scale of this begins to sink in and we have to ask ourselves what the consequences might be if we do nothing to halt this disconnection between the food we eat and the means of its production and in fact we have to face the fact that we are doing our children a huge disservice in not empowering and educating them in the most basic of human needs.
In our Blog we have come up with some ideas for getting children involved in cooking but there are other ways we can help children in their learning. The most obvious is perhaps to try and interest them in gardening. This can be as simple as planting some seeds in a pot and leaving it on a window sill, explaining about the importance of sunlight and water to help the seed grow and how humans play a part in that equation by providing water for example when there is no rainfall.
It’s not perhaps the best time of year to do this but there are things we can do as the seasons change; we can visit local greengrocers or supermarket for example and have a look at the different vegetables and fruits for sale now that autumn is here. Above all we must talk to our children and help them make connections between the food they see in shops and the ground beneath their feet.
Not everyone has the luxury of a garden of course but a call to your local tourist information office or even chatting to stall holders at a local Farmer’s Market may reveal ways that children can get involved in community gardening schemes or visit farms even in the most urban of areas.
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