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Kids and Organics

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Just recently, I had someone ask about ideas for teaching kids about organics as part of a unit at summer camp–what a great idea!

I was surprised to find that it wasn’t so easy to come up with something on my initial web search, but in the end we put together a list of ideas that would appeal to kids ages 9-12:

Engage kids with a taste test. Strawberries are excellent and will be available soon–organic ones are extra sweet and flavourful. Conventional berries also used a considerable amount of pesticides. 

Next, why not have kids grow their own fresh food? Try planting organic herbs in containers that the kids can decorate. For local organic seed, try Hope Seeds. For part two, you could also have kids create plant markers to tell what’s growing in each container.

Another idea was to have kids build a scarecrow–good non-chemical pest control!

Upon further searching, I came upon a site suggested how to teach kids about soil, emphasizing the critical role soil plays in our world and how to improve it with compost.

Ultimately, I believe that taking kids to an organic farm would be the best teaching tool (and if that’s not available to you, ask a farmer come to you). If you are looking for a location nearby, search our database. Experiential learning leaves an impression that can last a lifetime…
Beth
PS – For ideas on engaging your family with organics, Local Harvest offered some insight and good suggestions too. 
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Author: acornorganic

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. Vision ACORN aims to enhance the viability and growth of the Atlantic Canadian organic agricultural community through a unified regional network. Mission Statement ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by: Facilitating information exchange between and amongst organizations and individuals Coordinating non-formal education for producers through to consumers Networking with all interested parties both regionally and nationally Structure ACORN is a membership-based non-profit incorporated cooperative with an eleven member Board of Directors and an Executive Director.

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