Knowledge can be tasty
Planting your own food, cultivating it and watching it grow isn’t standard curriculum for elementary schools in the Cowichan Valley but there’s an exception at the Alexander Elementary School, where a community garden is producing fruit and vegetables.
Cowichan Green Community's executive director, Judy Stafford, said the garden helps show kids the value of growing their own food.
“The kids are very excited, they go out… they eat the strawberries, they’re quite marveled at even carrots that grow in the ground.”
“Some of the children in the community have never seen food grow, they only know food from a supermarket, so a huge part of this is education.”
The CGC, in conjunction with other community groups, is hoping to start an “edible labyrinth”, where kids can learn about sustainable food culture while having fun.
“A labyrinth laid out for the children… to play in but also have it made of edibles so as they’re running through the maze they can eat strawberries and their vegetables.”
The CGC has entered a contest held by organics’ food maker Nature's Path to win $15,000 for the project. You can vote for the edible labyrinth by going on Nature's Path Facebook page until June 30.
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