I love the kitchen gardens in schools programmes that are popping up all over the place. What a great way to get kids into good food habits. In New Zealand we have an organistion called garden to table, which is the local chapter of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. These organisations aim to provide kids with the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about growing, harvesting, and cooking fresh food.
The SAKGF shared these very good pointers on kids and food:
- Lifelong eating habits are developed early.
- The best way to encourage children to choose food that is healthy is to engage them in fun, hands-on experiences in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, delicious food from the earliest possible age.
- Children are more likely to experiment with foods they have grown or prepared themselves.
- Children need positive models in their lives to reinforce that eating with others is a joyful activity, and one that