Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farming Fun!

August at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center means weekends full of Farming Fun!

The center has a brand new food garden and plenty of fun activities to help you learn the relationships between farming, food, and our climate. Learn more about Farming Fun exhibit explorations here. Looking for more about gardens, food, and farming? Check out Troy Gardens Community GroundWorks as well. Visit their beautiful grounds and interpretive trails, enjoy their educational public programs, or sign up for your very own plot!

This month, I've been thinking about starting a food garden myself! I have been to the farmer's market many times over my college career and it has sparked my desire to rely less on the grid and more on the land.

Heirloom tomatoes
As a kid, I grew 6 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes on the porch! Before then, I hated tomatoes...but all I really had experienced were mealy, soggy tomato slices melting into burger buns. My parents noticed how much I liked gardening and set me to work on growing tomatoes. Studies have shown that kids are more likely to eat their veggies when they've had some part in growing or preparing them! I was the same way, and eating a tomato that I grew was a huge improvement from the nasty pink blobs that fast food joints had been passing off as "tomatoes!"

Getting your kids involved in a garden, whether your ow