First-graders in their new garden plot

Thursday, April 13, 2006

In The Washington Post today, Melissa Robinson has a great story about a teacher who is starting a vegetable garden with his first-grade class at the Kemp Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Last year, teacher John Mahler had his students growing peppers and tomatoes in old peanut butter jars by the window. This year, he got help from volunteers to build a set of raised garden beds on the school grounds. His first-graders are just getting started on planting their new vegetable plot. It's a wonderful way to introduce kids to gardening and eating fresh, healthy foods. Kudos to Mr. Mahler, for starting this great project!

Read the article: "Planting Seeds of Knowledge and Health."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish more people would garden with their kids at home.

I mean it is great that the schools are doing it, but the schools are doing it because less and less children know where their food comes from.

I think growing things is an essential part of human existance in that we can't eat unless we grow something. If kids don't get a good foundation in growing things, how will it affect their later views on farming, enviromental issues and global interconnectivity later on? Food, more than any other resource, is being stretched thin on a global level. How will they understand these issues if they don't understand the seeds they statr from in the first place?

10:52 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Very good point, Hanna. I agree!

5:32 PM  

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