Homeschooling isn’t all academic. In many regards, it’s a lifestyle choice, with parents also teaching their kids the practical how-to’s of daily life. Years ago, it was expected that children would learn to cook, sew, feed the animals, chop wood, etc. These days most kids are locked indoors with stark fluorescent lighting and “taught” what they need to know from books. Living life is something to be done later, after school hours. Homeschooling is different, because while kids can learn from books, they can also learn by doing. And learn they do!
Such a basic life skill as growing food ought to be taught to everyone. If you don’t garden yourself, it’s time to learn along with your kids. You won’t need a nutrition curriculum because one of the best homeschool resources is right in your backyard!
Something is Terribly Wrong
Let’s face it: our food supply is less than perfect. It’s full of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Much of our food is transported long distances, even from other continents, to be sold in our stores. These transportation costs add to the prices we pay at the grocery store, and pollute our environment in the process.
What’s the Solution?
It’s really a Back-to-Basics approach. The best way to know what you’re eating is healthy is to GROW IT YOURSELF. Think about that for a minute. If you produced your own food, you’d know there were no pesticides on the lettuce leaves, and that your eggs came from chickens that spent their days happily pecking in the grass. It may not be possible for each of us to grow everything we eat, but every little bit helps. The next best thing is to know the farmer who raised your food, whether it’s milk or beef or a bushel of tomatoes. Buy from farmer’s markets and build connections with farmers in your area, or join a CSA group (community supported agriculture) to get fresh produce at the best prices. Start a community garden in your neighborhood – it works!