This post was written by Xanthi Gray, Education Coordinator at the Children's Museum of NH.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, with major support from Stonyfield, has taken a leading role in educating young families about the importance of eating healthy foods and staying active, creating a mindset for making healthy life choices.
One of the most important factors for good health, as we all know, is good nutrition. In speaking to visitors, Museum educators found that parents were interested in learning more about nutrition, food quality, and organics.
To address these interests in a meaningful, hands-on way, the Museum’s “Anyone Can Grow Food” workshop series was born. The education team at the Museum partnered with NH Master Gardener Leslie Stevens to design a program to educate and support families interested in growing their own organic food at home. Anyone Can Grow Food is a FREE six-part series offered at the Museum, covering everything from seed-starting and building raised beds to composting and maintaining your home gardens.
The Museum constructed its own fruit and vegetable gardens on-site along the Cocheco River in Dover, N.H. Seven raised beds are currently producing fruits, vegetables and herbs for our visitors to help monitor and maintain, while learning the ins and outs of gardening.
There are a number of reasons why a home garden can be beneficial for families. Creating a garden initiates opportunities for family time, it’s easy to do, it’s inexpensive and very little special equipment is needed. As we like to say at the Museum, “Anyone Can Grow Food!” Why not stop by during one of our next sessions and watch what can blossom in your own gardens?
Families are invited to any or all of these upcoming sessions of Anyone Can Grow Food:
Planting an Herb Garden: Herbs are Food, Too!
Saturday, June 21 from 10:15-11:00 am
Add herbs to our outdoor beds and sample a variety of vegetables and herbs growing in our gardens! There may even be a small farm animal to meet!
Maintaining Your Garden: Good Bugs & Bad Bugs
Saturday, June 30 from 11:00-11:45 am
Learn about the bugs that help your gardens and the ones that you want to keep away using nature’s pest control. Sample some organic treats growing in the gardens, too.
Cool Weather Planting
Saturday, August 23 from 10:30-12:15 am
Find out what is ready to harvest in our gardens and what you can grow in cooler months of autumn. Check out some unique containers you can use to grow produce.
Harvesting Your Garden
Saturday, September 27 from 10:15-11:00 am
Harvest all the remaining food from the gardens including digging up some yummy potatoes by hand. End the season by making homemade salsa fresca with ingredients fresh from the garden beds.
These workshops are free but preregistration is required to ensure enough materials for all. To register or for more information, please contact Caitlynne at Caitlynne@childrens-museum.org or call (603)742-2002.
Do you grow any of your own food? If yes, what are your favorite foods to grow?