Growing the next generation
The hunt is on for the best budding young gardeners
We all know growing your own food has a range of benefits but top of the list is how positively children often respond to the experience.
Yates horticulturalist, Angie Thomas, says she has watched as children have delighted in pulling carrots from the earth “like they were buried treasure” and eating radishes and peas straight from the garden. And that’s aside from the general health benefits of gardening which has been linked to improved mental health and exercise.
Young green thumb
In an effort to get more kids involved in gardening, Yates has launched a competition to search for Australia’s best young gardener.
Children 16 years and under are invited to enter with the aim of becoming the face of Yates’ new kids’ gardening website.
The winner will receive a family trip to Melbourne for the Melbourne International Flower Show in March next year. Angie says they’re looking for someone with an “infectious” love of gardening, although they don’t need to have a garden of their own.
“They might go to their grandmother’s house to garden or maybe they’re really involved in their school garden,” she says.
“The important thing is that they’re enthusiastic and willing to get their hands dirty.”
Research shows that most Australian kids love to garden, which backs up Angie’s experience running garden classes at her sons’ school.
“When they eat something they’ve grown themselves, they often don’t realise it’s healthy.”
Put kids in charge of growing their own food and watch them eat the harvest.