This January and February, students have a handful of days off school, which is both exciting (for children) and daunting (for parents). Instead of leaving your favorite people at home for the day, enroll them in a Growing Gardens school-day off class so they can learn something new, get inspired to be out in nature and connect with the very ground from which their produce comes. Cooking, nutrition, gardening classes and more await.
Fostering Agency so Humans and Food May Reconnect
For the past two decades, Growing Gardens in Boulder has provided sustainable agriculture education and food to over 136,000 of our county’s residents. The nonprofit’s variety of programs and projects uplift people of all ages, abilities, and income levels so they can realize the food system that they want to participate in, and go about creating it for themselves and their communities.
In addition to education, Growing Gardens donates thousands of pounds of produce and seed starts to families with lower incomes so they can have sovereignty over their food, save money, and connect with the land they call home.
Soul, Sun, and Sky: New Life on the Farm
When: 1/16, 8:30 – 5:00 pm
A new year is celebrated in the best ways at Growing Gardens. The Soil, Sun, and Sky class teaches participants about weather patterns, moon cycles, and soil health, closely examining how each of these systems are interrelated and reliant on each other. Adventure awaits in the form of outdoor play, indoor classes and crafts that spark creativity and imagination.
Frosty Farm Fun
When: 2/6, 8:30 – 5:00 pm
February is the coldest month in Colorado, inviting humans, animals, and insects to hunker down one more month to wait for Spring. Frosty Farm Fun encourages students to learn about the living creatures all around them by teaching tracking skills and migration patterns. Kids will also get the chance to meet the goats who call Growing Gardens home.
Farm to Fork: Cozy Cooking
When: 2/20, 8:30 – 5:00 pm
For the younger culinary enthusiasts or kids simply looking to learn a new skill, Farm to Form: Cozy Cooking classes introduces participants to the exciting world of farm-to-table dining. Participants will learn basic cooking lessons, how to incorporate winter vegetables, and which herbs to select to elicit taste and nutrition.
Children ages 5-11 are invited to participate in any or all of these Growing Gardens school-day-off classes. Each day promises to be interesting, informative, and engaging for all involved. Your little one will come away with a new found respect for the environment, a desire to whip up a butternut squash soup, or a piqued interest in the phases of the moon.