Three Reasons Why You Want Your Kids To Grow Food

In chefs, children, food, gardening, nutrition on April 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Many of us are already familiar British Super Chef Jamie Oliver who has been out to change school lunches in the U.S. and elsewhere. Oliver started his transformational tours in this country two years ago in Huntington, West Virginia which, at that time, had been named the unhealthiest city in America.

Since then, we’ve met teenagers at risk for diabetes; a teenager who lost her 400+ pound father when she was only 2-years-old; a 318 pound 12-year-old; and one teenage girl who already has spots on her liver–and was told by her doctor that she only has 6 or 7 years to live. This generation is expected to have a lower life expectancy than others.

Those statistics are just one reason we need to get our kids eating better–and one of the best ways to do it is to involve your kids in growing their own food.

  • First, and probably most obvious reason, is that growing food just promotes healthy eating and lifestyle. How many times have we heard, “But I don’t like it!”–when they haven’t even tried it. Growing fruits and vegetables leads to curiosity which leads to a desire to try more–and different–foods.
  • Second, they’ll have a sense of accomplishment and pride at seeing something grow, so they’ll probably have improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • Third, they’ll get an assortment of different skills including those in science, financial, business, communications, fitness and more.

Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project website says: “If we can get gardens, school food and the curriculum working together, we’ve got a really potent, beautiful, inspirational catalyst for change.”

Words to live by: Let’s get our kids growing their food!


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