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What Growing a Garden Can Teach our Keiki Today

healthier habits & intuitive eating

Agriculture has always held a sacred space in native Hawaiian communities as they cherish the rich natural resources our ‘aina provides. Throughout 2020, the concept of foodscaping or growing ones own food regained popularity for two main reasons: the desire to consume healthy, nourishing food that boosted our immune systems and the need to rely on sustainable, local ingredients as we all struggled with restaurant closures, social distancing and unreliable shipping. People who had never prepared their own food before were tuning into cooking shows and stocking up on groceries. The silver lining? These unusual circumstances gave rise to a new generation of amateur gardeners and chefs! 

Hawaii Behavioral Health

…planting gardens together provides a powerful tool to teach our kids about nutrition and the environment while instilling a passion for cultivating a healthy lifestyle

For children, nature is the ultimate classroom and planting gardens together provides a powerful tool to teach our kids about nutrition and the environment while instilling a passion for cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that most children develop their lifelong dietary habits by the age of 5, so the earlier we can introduce keiki to the concept of growing their own food, the more meaningful impact it will have on their long term health. Planting seeds and examining the growth process becomes an entire science lesson for our little ones as they encounter insects, learn about photosynthesis and all of the fascinating stages of a plant’s life cycle. By including children in the harvesting and preparation process, they can not only take pride in the meals you create together as a family but they will inevitably be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to live a healthy sustainable life!

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