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21st Century Kids: Garden to Plate

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Father and son harvesting their vegetables from their garden.
“Children who grow what they eat will often eat what they grow.”—Melanie Charlene

Fall is the time when thoughts turn to consuming pumpkin-spice baked goods and other delicious treats from the market or local farms. This is the season to feel the warmth emanating from kitchens. Kids that plant and grow their own food have the best scenario to consume fresh delicious foods. Moreover, both growing and cooking food is an exercise in patience, as nature has its own time table, and cooking outcomes are not instantaneous. One can suggest reading a good book can be likened to the garden to plate process, as readers are usually rewarded at the end. The Los Angeles Public Library provides resources for kids who want to engage in growing, preparing, and eating homegrown foods. Here is a small sampling of resources that encourages developing a green thumb.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

From the Garden to the Plate

Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook
Archer, Joe

Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples: Children's Cookbook
Publishing, DK.

Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
Bradley, Kirsten

Let's Get Gardening

Dig in!: 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps
Cornell, Kari A.

Garden To Table: Nature's Makers
Knutson, Julie

The Beginner's Guide To Vegetable Gardening
Daniel Johnson and Samantha Johnson

The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book
Cornell, Kari