Note: This is a post I wrote last year but as I see the first sprouts of green poking their heads up in my garden, I am reminded that it is time to plant seeds again.
Planting The Seeds of Love for our Planet and our Bodies
Children will eat what they grow
On Friday, the Bright Lights chard in our little school garden plot had reached heights of over two feet. It has been a very hot week and the chard was bolting. The sun shone through the stalks stimulating curiosity among the children I was sitting with at recess. “What is this plant, Ms. L?” “Can we eat it like kale?” The children in the school had nibbled the kale down to bare stalks and were looking for more greens. They are like deer! Having overwintered, the chard was a little tough. It was a moment for me of clearing the daily schedule and revamping the day…. with surprising ease.
I had the children collect the greens, wash them in our tiny sink and chop the stalks up for a panfry. The whole group took turns two at a time and after a half hour we had a huge pot of greens scenting our room. The kids lined up with tupperware from their lunch boxes and students spooned the vitamin filled snack into the containers.
Kids who told me that they had never eaten greens tried and commented on the plants they had grown from tiny seeds.
Planting seeds in the earth is one way of growing goodness another way is planting seeds of wisdom and inspiration in children. Click here to read how one of my students was affected by a lesson I shared over 10 years ago. Click Here!