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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


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

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

Book cover for Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
Bradley, Kirsten

Book cover for Let's Get Gardening
Let's Get Gardening

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

Book cover for Garden To Table: Nature's Makers
Garden To Table: Nature's Makers
Knutson, Julie

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

Book cover for The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book
The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book
Cornell, Kari


 

 

 

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