June 1, 2011

Gardening is an Essential Skill for the Future

If you're a gardener, by now your seedlings are likely in the ground and poised for growth. Did you include your children when you planted your seedlings? Teaching children how to garden is excellent preparation for adulthood in the new economy. Knowing how to grow and preserve your own food is a very valuable skill for people who are between jobs and limited on funds.

An added incentive is that many of our food sources are now questionable. We can't control how food is grown in other countries. Produce is often coated with chemicals and/or irradiated to prepare it for long-distance shipping. And in extreme cases like the current situation in Europe, imported food can kill you.

Growing your own food eliminates all those risks. Kids love to garden; why not teach yours how to do so?


Karen said...

I agree. I have always gardened. This is the first year that the kids have been involved. We did not have the space before. They are growing flowers, cucumbers, and beans.

Barbara Frank said...

I'll bet they're having fun gardening, Karen. My kids did too. The past few years I haven't been able to garden, but we're about to buy a house and it has room for a big garden. Looking forward to it!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Carol J. Alexander said...

Homeschooling parents should have their children in the garden. My 10 year old did all my rototilling this year. Children are naturally attracted to dirt and growing things. They also learn to eat their vegies that way.

Barbara Frank said...

Good point, Carol....and learning to appreciate homegrown veggies (vs. store-bought canned or frozen) might be easier because they taste so much better!