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Kids Have Fun Starting Seeds at the FAIR

Fellow Associate Editor Jennifer Kongs and I lucked out when the Puyallup, Wash., FAIR workshops were scheduled: We got to present at the kids’ stage, helping kids blend homemade seed-starting mix, decorate pots and plant veggie seeds.

Here is the seed-starting mix recipe we followed if you’d like to try blending your own at home:

18 quarts vermiculite 

12 quarts coir 

12 quarts compost 

3/4 cup (5 ounces) blood meal 

1/2 cup (5 ounces) limestone 

1 2/3 cups (1 pound) greensand 

A million thanks to our friends at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply for donating the supplies for the workshop.

The kids had great fun — and especially loved getting their hands dirty. They may have been a little shy at first ...

Seed Starting 1 

 But eventually they all dug in with gusto!

Seed Starting 2 

 The kids were all smiles when they realized that getting dirt all over the place was not only allowed, but encouraged.

Seed Starting 3 

 Jennifer helped each participant choose whether they wanted to plant broccoli, lettuce, beans or kale.

Seed Starting 4 

 We made some wonderful friends and had a blast. Be sure to bring your kids to the next MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR to enjoy the fun, hands-on workshops.

Seed Starting 5 


Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .