I was one of those kids that loved to be outside. I never gardened growing up, but living in northern Canada I had a lot of windy, wide open space around me. When I was living in New York City in my early twenties I had a chance to check out a school garden in the Lower East Side. The garden was surrounded by social housing projects packed tightly together and the kids were so street smart they could have eaten me alive. But they didn’t. They toured me around their tiny garden full of pride and respect for all the little critters and plants that thrived there. They were glowing in this small, caged-in piece of green earth. It was amazing. I was hooked.
From that day on I never doubted that gardens were awesome. For plants and for people. Never underestimate the power of a garden to restore your sense of community or the local ecology.
I’ve been honing my farming and gardening skills for about a decade now and have recently been learning how to garden in the spare moments between caring for two lovely, lively kids. I am so happy to be able to share a love for nature with my city-born kids: they know their way around a garden and are not afraid to jump straight into a mud puddle.
Parenthood has given me a chance to deepen and broaden my appreciation for the importance of time outside, connecting kids with nature and simply creating space for play.
Life is busy these days and it is hard enough to just keep up with the things you already need to do. Little Bean Farms is dedicated to making it easier for parents and caregivers to garden with kids. We all need a chance to get our hands dirty and ponder nature’s little miracles.
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