Updated: Apr 10, 2020
Studies show that when children have contact with soil during activities like digging and planting, they have improved moods, better learning experiences and decreased anxiety. Most important, the self-esteem a child gets from eating a vegetable or fruit that they grew themselves is priceless.
Gardening is important for children’s development and the Bryanston Organic Food Garden nurtures an appreciation for nature that promotes healthy lifestyles with a focus on teaching valuable life skills in a safe and stimulating environment. Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature and growing your own food through practical experiences that encourage outdoor play. Much of the enjoyment of gardening is derived from watching seeds sprout, harvesting produce and discovering the changes in a garden throughout the season while spending quality time outdoors.
“We believe that children are natural gardeners. They are curious, experimental, creative, and caring and they learn best through play. The Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club hopes to nurture their sense of curiosity about growing food, the environment and healthy eating. It is proven that gardening with kids cultivates life skills and has wellness benefits that range from physical activity to mental health gains. Children are also more likely to make healthy food choices if they grow their own fruits and vegetables,” says co-founder Patricia McClelland.
“This is a unique programme which aims to inspire and excite young children at the same time teaching them to be environmentally aware. We do this through fun and stimulating activities that teach children about the workings of nature and the fascinating world of gardening,” she adds. McClelland lists five reasons why your children should join the Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club this year:
Healthier eating: Your children will be excited to eat the foods they’ve grown themselves, and this can help create a preference for fruits and vegetables in the long term.
Appreciation of the journey of food to the table: Gardening will help children understand the process of food to fork, and give them a greater respect for nature and the time and energy it takes to grow food.
Patience and responsibility: Looking after a plant or a vegetable patch takes responsibility – forget about it for a few days over a heat wave and you’ll soon find that out. Gardening teaches children valuable life skills – such as caring for something over time, and the satisfaction of watching something you’ve invested in come to fruition providing children with self-confidence.
Learning first-hand about the interaction of humans and nature first-hand: Gardening provides a wonderful backdrop for learning about design, science, animals, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, working in groups, creating art, and telling stories.
Physical, non-competitive, activity: With all the digging, carrying, bending, planting, pruning, and exploring, gardening provides a great form of physical activity outdoors. It is collaborative, rather than competitive, and is a great way to encourage interaction and teamwork between children in a relaxed environment.
For bookings and queries, contact the Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club on firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone, sms or WhatsApp: 071 883 5584 (Nicola Vogel) or 079 895 1332 (Patricia McClelland)
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Source and Images: GardenShop.