I want to share this video of my daughter planting apple seeds: it’s completely unscripted, I just pointed the iPhone at her and told her to tell me what she was doing. Very spontaneous, it says a lot about who she is and how she sees the world. I apologize for the low sound… you’ll probably have to crank your volume.
She is a constant reminder to me that kids hear what we tell them – but also what we don’t tell them. She loves to follow me around in the garden, plant her own seeds and tomatoes, and do whatever I happen to be doing. Especially if it involves the watering can.
It is so important for children to see where real food comes from, and to know that not everything in the grocery store claiming to be food is actually food. Just because you can eat something doesn’t mean your body knows what to do with it. I really love what my friend Elin is doing in Toronto: she is a garden educator who has two school gardens in operation this year. She is the coordinator, and teaches children about where their food comes from and how to grow it. She has a list of great books on her blog that you might want to consider sharing with a young person near you.
My daughter knows that she won’t be eating her own planted apples until she’s a teenager, but she plants them anyway. She looks forward to the day when she can enjoy them, rather than dreading the wait. She is such an inspiration to me.