What will we do in this garden?
Here, in the Children's Kitchen Garden, children (adults too) will learn to plant seeds and seedlings, weed, water and maintain the garden. Older students will learn to propagate plants. Children will harvest the produce and learn to prepare and cook it in the Teaching Kitchen Classroom. The Children's Kitchen Garden will feature an outdoor table and benches, a tool shed "outhouse," garden gates, vines, fruit trees, planting boxes, and raised beds.
Children will be able to enter the Children's Kitchen Garden only when they are enrolled in a class. Once the Kitchen Garden is up and running, the Home Page will provide instructions for enrolling.
The Teaching Kitchen Classroom
The heart of our educational programming will be the Teaching Kitchen Classroom, along with the Children's Kitchen Garden and the Kings County Farm Garden. After students harvest vegetables and fruits from the garden, they will come to the outdoor Teaching Kitchen to learn how to prepare and cook the produce, and to enjoy sampling their products. In addition, this multipurpose classroom will be used for lessons and other activities and projects.
Books for the Children's Kitchen Garden
First Garden by Robbin Gourley, Things That Grow by Sue Nicholson, Jo MacDonald Had a Garden by Mary Quattlebaum, Fresh Whole Foods For Kids by Charlotte, Hailey and June Louks, Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, Our School Garden by Rick Swann, Molly's Organic Farm by Carol L. Malnor and Trina L. Hunner
First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby, Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehffld, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy
George Washington Carver: The Peanut Wizard by Laura Driscoll, A Kid's Herb Book by Lesley Tierra, Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals
Many Reasons for Teaching Children How to Garden
Banner graphic: Children's Harvest is a stock photo from Microsoft Publisher