Why Grow?

Why Grow?

The impact of growing food as part of a broader food education and wellbeing is now well established.

  • Acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Understanding and appreciating the environment
  • Encouraging positive values and behaviours
  • Increasing participation in school and the wider community
  • Supporting curriculum learning
  • Improving physical health & mental well-being
  • Connecting schools and nurseries with their residents, businesses, and families.
  • Encouraging enterprise skills & improving behaviour
  • Food grown can be sold locally or at marketplace events enabling children to develop their skills

Why Grow: My Learn and Grow

The benefits of gardening and growing food

There's a misconception that gardening is an activity best suited for older folk. This simply is not the case.

Garden and growing activities provide benefits for everyone; acquire and improve crucial skills, and for have fun, and develop self-confidence.

The science is well established, gardening helps our well being both physical and mental.

Why Grow?

Check the tabs below to see the benefits of Learn and Grow in WD

All the senses are active

Growing food is base on touch and feel. Fancy the brightly coloured flowers, grow accustomed to natural scents and the sound of rustling shrubs.

All the senses are active

Exploring Smells in the Haldane Community Garden

Encourages healthier eating

Fruits and vegetables taste better when you grow them yourself. Getting children and young people involved in gardening allows them to experience plant care and nourish a responsible, consistent, and positive attitude towards hard work.

Before you can think of it, they will be eating tomatoes, spinach and even celery! By explaining the importance of gardening from an early age, healthy eating will become a day-to-day habit shaping the foundations of any young mind.

Encourages healthier eating

Spring Event

Gardening enhances fine motor development

While in the garden, children are constantly practising their coordination skills without thinking about it. In the garden, we all have to move around a lot to tackle tasks like watering, fertilizing, pruning, mounting plant stakes, digging, weeding, bending, and gathering, organizing and storing seeds. This is how gardening allows children to develop a proactive and healthy routine in life.

Gardening enhances fine motor development

Rose at Growing Beardmore.

Gardening introduces children to science

Using gardening as a way to teach children science is a fairly new and unique approach but considerably rewarding. Not only do young ones become a part of the learning process, but they acquire practical knowledge not found in textbooks. Here are some examples of sciences that can be taught in the garden :

● Botany – through the interaction with plants and dissection of seeds;

● Chemistry – through composting;

● Math – through the planting and management of seeds;

● Meteorology – monitoring the weather and its effects on the garden.

Gardening introduces children to science

Space Age Growing.

Gardening reduces both the level and effect of stress

Gardening can be a huge stress reliever for people of any age as it teaches how to relax, calm down and control emotions. Spending time in nature, amongst flowers and trees has been proven to make both children and the elderly feel happier.

According to many studies, working out in the garden for just 30 minutes a day reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol significantly. Therefore, gardening is a perfect activity to introduce your children to, as it keeps stress away.

Gardening reduces both the level and effect of stress

Getting the gloves on at Dalmonach ELCC.

Gardening nourishes self-confidence

Confidence is crucial for the healthy development of any child or young person. It might come as no surprise but gardening helps children feel more capable. Looking after a plant, from sowing until bloom and seeing their hard work pay off can substantially boost a child’s sense of competence.

When it comes to childcare, the benefits of delayed gratitude take long to teach but at the end of the day, are absolutely worth it.

Gardening nourishes self-confidence

Young chef at St Ronans summer 2019.

Gardening teaches young ones patience, improves focus, and enhances memory, too

Nowadays, children have an ever shorter attention span mainly because of immediate gratification that our digital age provides. A great way to teach children patience and also improve their focus is through regular garden care.

● Give children their own space and actively encourage them to take responsibility for the plants they sow, this, in turn, will instil in them gratification when their plants progress;

● It’s recommendable to start with sowing fast growers as that way kids can witness the fruits of their labour over the course of just a few weeks and won’t lose interest;

● The constant involvement of children in the gardening process improves alertness, memory and even cognitive abilities, thanks to math and repetition.

Gardening teaches young ones patience, improves focus, and enhances memory, too

Littier pick Haldane Community Garden.

Gardening teaches children the responsibility of preserving the environment

Helping kids get into the habit of caring for seeds and plants they’ve sown can instil a great sense of responsibility. Be sure to prepare and follow a checklist of daily, weekly and monthly chores. Аlso, monitor your child’s gardening progress and do your best to help them when needed, without interfering too much. This is how gardening develops children, by teaching them that good things take time and effort.

As children spend more time in the garden, they become naturally driven to green thinking and environmental preservation, says Tony, the passionate nature-lover from Escape Waste. Young ones learn that in order for a garden to produce healthy plants, it needs to be clean and tidy, and devoid of trash, which is one chore among many, she adds.

Gardening teaches children the responsibility of preserving the environment

Checking the harvest at Alexandria Community Gardens.

Gardening with toddlers bonds the family

You don't need to have a big garden, or garden! A few pots on the balcony are great. Time families spend in the garden helps strengthen their bonds to create multiple and meaningful memories. As children learn they set solid grounds fоr great adulthood or something. What they like and what they don’t. What is wrong and what is right.

Altogether, gardening in childcare is an interesting, educational, healthy and social activity that every child deserves. Although growing a garden as a regular activity can take a while, the payoff is more than worth it!

Gardening with toddlers bonds the family

Always more to learn at the Botanical Gardens.

We can’t keep doing what we are doing

We can’t keep doing what we are doing

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