We’re working on building our school’s food and gardening library as a resource for kids and teachers. There are tons of great books out there—picture books and nonfiction (see some of my book suggestions here). But one book that is a must-have is Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun.
Filled with great project ideas (making a bird feeder and a “bee-pot”), kid-friendly recipes (rhubarb sundaes, strawberry trifle) and simple explanations about compost, growing healthy plants, watering, germination and the carbon cycle, it’s easy to read and use—for both kids and adults.
Before I started my own veggie patch, I was intimidated by all the gardening knowledge and books out there—as if I’d have to take a graduate-level course to grow a tomato plant. I’ve since discovered that many other adults feel the same way—and it’s a major barrier to getting started at school or at home. But, of course, growing food is a process like any other. You read a bit, talk a bit, learn a bit and make lots of mistakes. It’s books like this one (aimed at kids but perfect for first-time gardeners of any age) that can help all of us feel less intimidated—and in the process become active participants in taking charge of our food system.