Computers and Wi-Fi! Video games and fast food! …What about nature and playing outside? What about homegrown food and spending time with your family in the garden?
We are living in such a fast-paced world where people sometimes forget to stop and look at the beauty around them. Seeing the way that society is changing, I believe it is more and more important to get back to basics and remember the fundamentals of living. Teaching the next generation about gardening, nature, ecosystems, food, and biodiversity is so important. How things grow! How plants, animals, and insects are all connected! These are the goals of the Sprouts Children’s Garden Program, and I feel so privileged to have been a part of the program these past two summers. Developing the patience to care and tend for each growing plant in a garden can teach you great life lessons in perseverance and responsibility. Experiencing the excitement when you see a zucchini growing from a vine that YOU planted from a little seed is so rewarding. Learning how to make delicious food from all the varieties of vegetables that you have grown together in the garden is such an important skill that is fundamental to living a healthy life. It can bring children and neighbours together! Gardening together provides a sense of responsibility within a community of parents and their children and it is amazing to see how much they learn when they immerse themselves in nature and their curiosities.
So… go outside, take a step back, enjoy the beauty, and get back to nature!
Author: Jessica Wiles