It is really important to me that my kids understand where food comes from and how it's made. I don't want them associating food only with a store where things are sold in boxes with pretty packaging. I want them to have a true connection with what they eat so they can appreciate the difference between what makes natural, grown food and what it means to have processed food.
This is one of the big reasons why I have had such a sizable garden for the past few years. It has been an invaluable teaching tool for me. Not only do the kids see how vegetables and herbs grow but they also are learning how nature takes care of pests through balance and planning. They are learning about soil health and how important it is. They see how companion planting works for pest control as well as a cooperative environment where the plants can supply nutrients to each other. They are also learning that how your food is grown and when it is harvested will affect taste. Showing the kids differences like that has helped them be much more open to trying new things. They understand that just because they didn't like one particular cucumber doesn't mean they don't like cucumbers.
While I don't have the kids out digging along side me if they don't feel like it, they do like to come out and ask questions! TONS of questions! I love sharing what I know with them so much that I decided to start a blog last year about gardening to share what I do and how I do it with others too. Recently I converted my blog into my own gardening website so I can offer a lot more!
To celebrate my new site I decided that I want to give away one of my books, The Herbal Beverage Book, to one of you, just for visiting the site and leaving a comment on one of the blogs there! If you like what you see, please subscribe to the blog as I have a lot of topics yet to cover! Along with the book, I am also going to include a sample pack of one of my absolute favorite herbal beverages called Teeccino! I love the product so much after receiving a sample a year or so ago in the mail, that I went from being a coffee drinker to being completely coffee free. My husband did too!
To enter, go to my other site called Homegrown NH and leave a comment on one of the blogs on there! That's all you have to do. The winner will be chosen on Monday, June 10th! Good luck!
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon or directly on my website. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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