Grow your own healthy food this summer

If you ask kids where their food comes from, you’ll likely hear, “the store”. While that’s true, food doesn’t grow at the store. All food has to “grow” somewhere, whether it’s an animal for meat, grains for processing into flour and other products, or artificial flavorings made in a lab to mimic whole food flavors found in nature.

Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can grow in many different ways. They can grow on trees like apples do, or they can grow underground from a root like a carrot. They also grow on vines and bushes.

It’s good to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible – and fruits and vegetables are the easiest type of food to find in a natural state. That means that not much has been done to them before they get to us. Foods that come in boxes and can be stored on shelves for months, for example, have been processed and had things added to them to preserve them long before they get to us, in particular lots of them have added sugar.

One fun way to get healthy, natural food is by growing your own garden. Not only will gardening provide healthy food, it may also help you relax. If you work together in the garden, it may be a time for family bonding.

It’s not too late to get your garden growing! Check out our “Gardening – Growing Goodness” and “Water: making living things grow”  lessons, activities and Power Chargers to help your children start their own garden.