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  • Alex Van Putten

    A friend of mine runs a program for kids and the community based on urban gardening through our local Boys and Girls Club. They live near the Club, which is based in an impoverished and frequently neglected community - when the opportunity arose, they bought a small piece of vacant land and turned it into a farm! Then they created a club within the Club called Food Justice and twice a week the group learns about different aspects of food, whether it's the process of photosynthesis itself or learning to follow recipes and cook. Once a month, a group of volunteers (including myself) brings the kids across the street to the farm for a field trip and the kids are able to physically get involved and cherish the fruits of their labor (pun intended!). I remember one field trip, a 6 year old girl came running up to me with her very own plant sample in her hand exclaiming "Ms Alex! Ms Alex! This is MINT!! Really, it's MINT! It tastes just like gum, here - have some!" She was so thrilled to learn that MINT actually came from a PLANT! Who could have known?!

  • Adele Peters

    This is so important. I love projects like the Edible Schoolyard, that help teach kids about food by helping them grow it (and cook it) themselves. I'd love to see a future where every neighborhood had a corner garden to do the same thing.

    • Chasmine Villalobos

      Maybe you can start a business like those Pottery places where you get a pot, cup,plate, piggy bank or something and paint it yourself. Instead it will give the consumer a chance to pick out any kind of plant and planting it out in the garden put his/her name on it and watch it grow throughout a certain amount of time then take it home after that certain amount of time is finished.
      &Have a separate section of already grown plants or "donated" plants from previous customers who planted their plants so people can pluck or take some from there and cook.
      Rough ideas but it had to be mentioned.