When I was growing up, we had a big garden in our backyard and I loved helping my parents plant all sorts of different vegetables. I can still remember how excited I was to pull out a carrot, brush off the sweet smelling dirt, rinse it with the hose and eat it right there standing in the garden as I surveyed the little miracles that I had planted.
Those were the sweetest tasting carrots.
I wish I had that big garden to share with my little girls. But we live in a townhouse with a tiny backyard that gets far too little sunlight. So to let my girls take part in the miracle of growing food, each spring we plant a few fruits and vegetables in pots to grow on our balcony.
It’s amazing how much easier it is to get them to eat carrots and other veggies when they’ve seen how they grow.
They love to hold the tiny seeds in their hands, push them into the dirt and water them every day. Our little pots may only hold a few plants, but my girls learn lessons and a love of real food that they’ll remember for a lifetime.
This year, we planted some special seeds that Kashi Canada sent us as part of their Plant It Forward initiative.
Kashi wants to help all families enjoy getting their hands dirty planting real food – even if it’s only a few seeds grown in a pot on your apartment balcony.
According to the Kashi Plant it Forward survey, less than half of all Canadians (46 per cent) have ever gotten their hands dirty to grow, care for or harvest fresh fruits or vegetables. Even more surprising, one third of Canadians will not visit a farmer’s market or community garden this year.
Kashi has contributed over $100,000 to Evergreen’s Seeding Healthy Communities program to help build and support urban gardens across Canada to allow communities to get closer to real food.
By the end of the year, it is the mission of the Kashi Plant it Forward initiative to have planted or seeded 13,000 edible plants, harvested 7,000 pounds of food and trained 1,750 Canadians in urban agriculture techniques. Over 10,000 people will be engaged with urban gardens and 100 volunteers, including 12 volunteer leaders, will have been enlisted.
I love their new video, When I Grow Up, that reminds us how important it is to help kids get involved and interested in planting and eating real food.
How You Can Join In
When you pick up a box of specially marked Kashi cereal or bars in your local grocery store, Kashi will donate to the Plant it Forward initiative, up to a maximum of $50,000. And you’ll receive a free packet of organic seeds such as carrots, spinach, beets, kale and tomatoes.
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We’d love to see photos of you and your “little farmers”… share a picture of you or your kids getting your hands dirty planting fresh food using the #PlantItForward hashtag on Twitter or on the Kashi Canada Facebook page.
Share It Forward
We’d love, love, love you to share this post with your friends…
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Disclosure: Thanks to Kashi for helping support our blog by sponsoring this post.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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