July 20, 2015 by Buffy
Earlier this Summer I attended Farm2Home15 (a blogger event promoting Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made farm products) at P. Allen Smith’s beautiful Moss Farm.
While there we were told the average Farmer is +55 years old. The question was also proposed, “What are we doing to encourage the next generation of farmers?”
This is one aspect of farming/gardening that I truly love. I love sharing my garden with children. Children bring such life, enthusiasm and energy to everything they do and the garden is no exception. I’m lucky to have an endless supply of the cutest small people who are always ready to help.
My team of small people made digging 80 pounds of potatoes fast easy work completely filled with an amazing amount of giggles!
They were most impressed with the millions of earth worms we uncovered.
Digging worms in the garden is a favorite pastime any day!
The small people also learned where carrots come from.
They were a little alarmed about eating something that was so dirty, but after a quick wash they ate up the snack straight from the garden. They had such pride in that they had pulled it themselves. The same pride I feel every time I pull a carrot that I’ve grown from seed.
They have also planted sunflowers.
They love to watch how fast they grow. The small people are amazed when the sunflower gets taller than them.
This team of little people also planted watermelon and cantaloupe because this is their favorite things to eat from the garden. I’m not a very good watermelon and cantaloupe farmer but I’m working extra hard at it this Summer, because these little people are watching the melons grow. They check them every time they are in the garden.
Their favorite part is just the everyday picking part of gardening. I give each of them a small bucket and we walk through the garden. It is sort of like a daily Easter egg hunt. They like to see who can pick the biggest and the most. We look for pretty flowers, pesty bugs and always hope to find a few wiggly worms.
So grab some seeds, a few buckets, some small people and head out to the garden for some fun. I guarantee it will be lots of fun. Who knows maybe you will inspire them to be the next great farmer. Remember you’ll need someone to feed you when your old.