Children Growing Their Own Food: Why Children Need To Learn This Important Skill


2'x3' children's garden planter box

Are you wondering "why should children learn to grow their own food?" Depending on their age, they are probably busy with school, after-school activities and sports. Or for that matter why should you as a parent make an effort yourself to grow healthy and fresh food at home as a role model for your children? After all, we have grocery stores everywhere. And vending machines and corner stores. Lots of food available. Nobody needs to go hungry, right?

A child's nutrition is very important in their early years as their bodies develop. Why stuff them full of produce that is laden with chemicals, processed food and nutrient deficient foods? Most processed food is high in salt, sugar and preservatives. And if they start off in life eating what we call "junk food" and food with empty calories, they will continue into their adult lives. And later experience health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer.

Children Especially Need Fresh Whole Foods

Bowl of homegrown lettuce

An apple straight off the tree, a handful of raspberries picked and still warm from the sun, a salad made from fresh lettuce and tomatoes picked just minutes ago or a carrot pulled out of the ground that actually smells like a carrot!

If you are lucky, you may have farmer's markets in your area that you can go to every weekend. But that can get very expensive as organic produce is usually priced higher than conventional non-organic. And it takes time to drive to the market, find parking and then make your way through the hordes of people that are trying to get their fresh produce in the few hours that the market is open.

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Thanks Ann for the note. I have several other articles on my blog about children's gardening and will be adding more as my daughter grows her own vegetables again this year. Check it out at And I also have an ebook for sale on how to build a garden planter box as shown in the lead photo:

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I think it's important that children understand the difference in fresh foods and those sold in stores and learn food might not always be available unless grown at home. Emergencies and disaster can close stores so it's nice for kids to know they can provide for themselves if need be. Mine love to grow and eat their own food; it gives them a sense of pride and keeps them healthy~

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