I work with school gardens.I love my job. It's amazing. I went visiting a few schools in my state yesterday that won a school garden award in order to get a school garden up and running. I realized something yesterday.
I think that most of the time when we think of school gardens ( or just gardens in general really) we think of getting back to nature, learning to be sustainable, the joy of being outdoors, we think that gardening can help us teach kids about photosynthesis and natural resources. I think though one of the most important things about school gardens though, is that at the end of the day, the food that has been grown can be sent home with hungry children.
There are still hungry kids in this country, in my state in particular I saw that yesterday as I visited two very poor rural schools. Those principals weren't excited about kids being able to do science fairs, or learning about soil profiles, they mentioned that kids would be able to go to bed with food in their stomach. Hungry kids could learn and possibly teach their families how to grow food that they can use as substinance. It hit me yesterday folks, we have to grow food for hungry people to EAT!!
There are lots of programs out there that already to this, you can grow an extra row and donate to your food pantry, you can participate in gleaning programs that donate to the hungry, food pantries are planting community gardens across the country. It's out there, I just feel burdened to put it MORE out there.
So this post was a bit different than most of mine, but I hope you will think about ways to get involved and get food into the mouths of those kids that need it most. Talk about ways to get a garden at your school, see if you can donate produce or fruit to the backpack program at your local school, if they don't have one, see if you can start one.
No matter what your political views are, it isn't the child's fault, and we need to realize that we can't educate a child, unless we nourish the WHOLE child, including their health.
Happy Homesteading ya'll!
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