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Posted on 07 May 2013 by

A Mother’s Day Gift the Keeps on Giving – Making Blooming Bracelets

Photo Credit: Custom Pretty Cool Color Washi Tape by Cute Tape used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Custom Pretty Cool Color Washi Tape by Cute Tape used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When my children were young, we used to walk to preschool.

As we walked, we would review the letter of the week, colors and simple math.

On the way home, we would discuss what they learned in school and stop for snack at our local pizza parlor.

But when spring came, our routine changed. We still continued to review what was learned in school but we also started observing nature.

As luck would have it, my daughter was a flower collector. She could never pass up a patch of flowers and in doing so I was always caring home fists full of poesies. While the dandelions, clover, wild carrot and violets were beautiful, I always was looking for a different way of holding my daughter’s collection.

Then one day it came to me. Why not create wearable flower art that she could take with her to class. So Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 23 April 2010 by

Gardening With Kids

biggest-tomatoBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

My children always add their own “garden.”

When they were very young they always planted in beautiful containers they decorated and took great pride in choosing the flowers and herbs that would showcase their creation.

Then when they got older they always had a little plot of land of their own and when I mean little keep in mind that I “farm” on 1/5 of an acre.

The “farming gene” was one that I wanted to nurture and sought to make sure my children knew where their food came from and how much work it took just to get that cherry tomato or that apple that was in their lunch. When I became an Agriculture Education teacher I realize even more how knowing where our food comes from, how its grown, and the work involved in its production is a lost life skill.

As society moves outward Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 February 2009 by

Indoor Gardening Projects for Kids

soda-bottleBy Vanessa Richins

When I was a tiny child, I remember proudly bringing home a paper cup full of dirt and bean seeds.

I would watch anxiously for the first peep of the stem pushing through the soil.

Years later, I still enjoy watching new plants grow.

Gardening can teach children so many skills. They learn about science, patience, math and more. You don’t have to wait until summer, either. There are many gardening projects that can be started indoors year-round – especially inviting in the bleak winter months.

– Pop Bottle Terrarium

My friend Chris McLaughlin is a Master Gardener and 4H instructor. She has made soda pop bottle terrariums with Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 12 December 2008 by

Edible Playgrounds

By Cindy Naas

Those of us involved in the urban farming movement already know the benefits of growing our own.

The next step is to make sure we pass this on to the next generation.

Dorset Cereals, a UK-based company, has stepped forward with a winning idea to address this issue.

Dorset Cereals produce various organic cereals filled with good things. Their concern for children now extends to the Edible Playground Project.

An edible playground is a place for schoolchildren to grow all manner of fruits and vegetables. In the Edible Playground website are tips not only for getting started with creating a child’s veggie garden, but also Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 02 June 2008 by

Gardening With Children

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By Cindy Naas

Part of the motivation for putting in a vegetable garden in my city garden was to show my children how their food grows.

I wanted to pass down the my father’s love of gardening to my sons, and so I have always made sure that each child gets to grow something every summer.

It’s amazing, too, how quickly a child who hates veggies will gobble down a plate of green beans if he grows them himself. Growing veggies can be good for your child for so many reasons.

Here are a few good choices for teaching beginning gardeners how to grow things they can enjoy:

1. Radishes- these germinate Read the rest of this entry »

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