Had an awesome time last night teaching 1st - 6th graders about worm bins and vermicompost. They just thought we were playing with worms. However, worms make great compost which grows beautiful and healthy plants. The kiddos will help to maintain this worm bin for the next nine months. The vermicompost produced here will be used for growing a garden in five to six months from now. At that time, the kids will learn planting and gardening skills. Hopefully, if all goes well, harvesting and eating the produce will follow.
Growing healthy plants is not only a more healthy way to eat, it's also a tool in helping to combat the food insecurity problems in our country. Food insecurity is the lack of access at all times to enough food for an active and healthy life. Not knowing if one can provided enough food for their family affects more than the homeless and those living in poverty. Working professionals and households facing a job loss and single parents are just some of the millions not knowing how to keep food on the table daily. According to the USDA, 1 in 8 Americans struggle with food insecurities. In 2016 that translated into just over 12% of households.
Our Little Barnyard strives to educate and provide knowledge to help those who may not know where their next meal is coming from. This can be achieved by teaching those with a need for more food, as well as teaching others to grow food for themselves and sharing their excess harvest with others.
Give a man a cabbage, feed him for a day. Teach a man to garden, feed him for a lifetime!