Teaching Kids To Grow and Cook Food

We love this blog from Lisa On Social. Lisa and her daughters were our invited guests to the Cre*Ate Kids’ Garden Club last week.  With the help of our partners Nutrien and Calgary Farmers’ Market, the Club runs once a week during July and August to keep your kids active and learning how to grow and cook their own food.  This is the third year it’s been running and we love seeing the kiddos coming back each year. 

Here is Lisa’s blog:

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My girls and I were excited to have the chance to drop in on one of the sessions of Poppy Innovations’ Kids Garden Club at the Calgary Farmers Market.  

The idea is to learn how to sow, grow, harvest and prepare food to help kids develop gardening and cooking skills that will lead them to make healthy food choices in their lives and inspire them to try new things. 

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Margot was our instructor that day. She began by showing the kids their class garden and had them observe the growth of the different veggies that were planted. 

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I think it’s awesome to show kids where their food comes from and to teach them basic life skills that will help them throughout their lives. 

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Alex was a volunteer who read the kids a story called “Tops and Bottoms.” This taught the kids about different parts of veggies that we eat. (It was pretty funny, too.) 

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Next, the kids worked in groups to figure out what types of fruits and vegetables different produce were – fruits, roots, stems, flowers, leaves and seeds. Turns out cucumber is the fruit of a veggie plant! 

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The kids then stretched their legs and got to visit Lunds Organics in the farmers market. They learned about growing vegetables and what climate, soil and nutrients plants need to grow. We also tried some tasty shelling peas – delish! 

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Back at the Kids Garden Club, Big Sis learned how to harvest lettuce the correct way – at the root. I think it was her favourite activity of the day. 

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The kids got to work at making a yummy snack for themselves – veggie nori rolls! I was impressed with the young kids and their deft knife skills. I need to get one of those finger guards for my kids! 

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Lil’ Sis enjoyed wrapping her nori rolls and spreading the mashed avocado and miso dressing. It turned out she wasn’t a fan of the miso dressing (I thought it was delicous!), but she did like the nori sheets, which she had never tried before. 

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It was a super hot day that day, but we had fun and learned a lot. We will need to try a variation of this recipe at home! 

 

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