The Trend of the Season? Gardening!

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Bailey Cross writes, It’s a new trend that’s popping up everywhere.

It’s a new trend that’s popping up everywhere. Planting a garden is like the latest fashion, music and games; kids just can’t get enough of it! Now, I’m sure that Grandma has been gardening for as long as you can remember, so how is this trend new? Well, schools all over Colorado are starting to get their students involved, planning lessons around nature, and teaching their kids how big a part plants play in our daily lives. “It’s surprising how many kids don’t know where their food comes from. All they know is that they bought it from a grocery store and they have to eat it. It’s amazing, the first time you hand a vegetable grown by the child to them.” says Erica McNeish, the parent in charge of the gardening program at Bromwell Elementary School in Cherry Creek. Bromwell’s goal is to end up using the vegetables that they grew over the summer in the cafeteria when school starts back up in the fall. Abigail Shikes, an 8 year old who eagerly participates in Bromwell’s gardening program said, “I love planting because you get to dig in the dirt and get dirty and put the plants in the ground. It takes a lot of hard work. When it grows, you know that you planted it.” Digging in the garden seems to be a favorite of all of the children. Whether they are planting, watering, or harvesting, they are experiencing something that most kids in the Denver area never have the opportunity to experience. “The most important thing is that they learn that nutritious food from their garden is just as good to eat as a cookie. Kids are more likely to eat food that they planted and grew than something from Mom.” said Sam Robinson, a volunteer for Bromwell. Not only should children these days know where their food comes from, but that they can do something good for the community, their families and themselves. Butterfly Hope, an organization at Cheltenham Elementary School in Denver, aims to teach kids exactly this. “We all need to be connected to the earth. We as humans are similar to plants because we are all the micro of the macro. Children end up learning about themselves by learning about plants,” said Cecilia Soriano, the Education Program Coordinator of Butterfly Hope. “In these hard economical times it’s important for children to learn that they can take care of themselves. Our program gives inner-city children a way to grow, learn and express themselves, all in a safe environment.”Dusty Hancock, grants manager for Butterfly Hope, said, “The gardens are springboards for science activities. They connect the cultural aspect of gardening and giving back to the earth.” It’s apparent that gardening has many wonderful side effects, besides, of course, the knowledge part. Take Tajon Willson-Kenner, age 7, for example. “It’s fun because you can grow stuff and eat it. You watch it grow, then pick it, then have your mom cook it for dinner. Vegetables taste really good now that I know where they come from. I want to grow a lot of food to eat so that I can get more energy and be strong.” he said. All over Colorado kids just like you are discovering what a great thing gardening is. It’s fun to do, great for the environment, and an easy way to keep healthy. Now the question is, what can you do at home? The most effective thing to do is plant a small garden in your yard. Of course, ask Mom and Dad before you do this! In case you’re not into the home garden idea, you can visit DUG.org, Denver Urban Garden’s website, to find a school or community garden nearby that you can take part in, all for free! Think of how proud you will feel when you can serve someone vegetable that you grew.

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  1. Great style!
    Great style! Have you gotten any of my emails? I sent one a couple weeks ago.

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