Early Birds’ Garden Club invites you explore with us how food grows.
Do you remember your first time planting a seed? I remember helping my Grandfather plant peas in early spring his farm in Maine. I must have been, maybe five years old, but I can still see it: peering down at the damp black earth, standing by Grampy’s side, I felt like I was apprentice to a wizard, learning magic.
I founded Early Birds’ Garden Club six years ago when my city started an urban community garden and my youngest was a toddler. I worried that if I had to garden alone, I’d never get down there, so I invited other families to try it with me. We have found that for anyone at any age, it is never too late to try growing a garden.
We’ve also noticed that especially, very young children seem to find a great satisfaction in the the tasks of gardening: handling soil, planting seeds, pouring water, observing changes over time, noticing attendant tiny creatures, and later, enjoying the hide-and-seek game of finding and picking food to eat. I don’t think this is an accident. I’ve seen enough to suspect that a developmental window opens in children ages 1-3 that makes this the ideal time for them learn how to care for living beings, and to appreciate our interdependence with all life.
If you and your family are new to gardening, be assured that there is no wrong way to start. Even experienced gardeners are constantly trying new experiments. Choose an activity below to get started. Your children’s interest in gardening is a great opportunity to try it together, and see what comes up.