The modern era is marked with numerous technological advancements and inventions that are geared to provide convenience to the public.
Unfortunately, this convenience has made it easy to forget life and survival skills that our elders and ancestors took for granted. One of these is agriculture.
Research claims that children who grow their own food develop a deeper connection with what they eat that encourages a healthier diet involving fruits and vegetables, and a better understanding of nutrition.
Gardening is one way to help children develop new skills, which include the following:
- Responsibility which comes from caring for plants,
- Understanding from learning about cause and effects that occur in growing plants,
- Self-confidence gained from achieving goals and enjoying the food they have grown themselves,
- Knowledge through a chance to learn about the outdoors,
- Reasoning and discovery from learning about plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition, and even through simple construction,
- An active lifestyle from doing something fun and productive,
- Cooperation from being included in shared activities and teamwork,
- Creativity through finding new and exciting ways to grow food, and,
- A better understanding of nutrition by learning about where fresh food comes from.
By getting their hands dirty, children can gain a firsthand experience of the responsibility and triumph that stems from growing their own food. It also helps develop skills and values that could prove to be necessary in living in a food secure future.