Recap: Seed to Table Garden Workday
Food and growing are two themes threading the lives of all children. Eating is a primary need and the right of all. Our Seed-to-Table program is an integral part of the educational experience at MRH ECC. Throughout the year, Kindergarten and first grade students attend Seed-to-Table for one hour each week to get a taste of the garden through the four seasons. Children explore the languages of food with hands-on gardening, harvesting, food preparation, experiences, thoughts, collaboration and investigations.
The goal of the program is to promote health and wellness by connecting children to the natural world right here on our little piece of the planet. While increasing their awareness and knowledge about foods in season and learning what a healthy lifestyle looks like, students process emotions, develop new habits, make better choices, and grow in finding their own identity. The garden and kitchen classroom environments provide a tapestry of sensory explorations: children stop to appreciate the beauty of plants and animals and experience the pleasures of being outdoors and tasting new foods.
In addition to the weekly class, students and families have opportunities to be involved in Seed-to-Table activities throughout the school year. The recent Family Day in the Garden event on September 10th was a great success. After a simple breakfast, families worked to spruce up our school gardens while getting to know other ECC families and learning about the process of saving seeds for next season.
The next Family Day in the Garden will be on Saturday, October 29th from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Preschool teacher and artist Kate Valleroy, will lead a workshop on flower arranging using the remains of the fall garden.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.