“I never want to leave this place!” my eight year old son Jackson announced in the middle of the strawberry field, his fingers stained from picking and popping ripe berries in his mouth. “It is so fun -- even though it doesn’t have any rides... And it has the most delicious food in the world!”
Watching my kids run around Cascadian Farm, having a blast out in nature, eating fruits and veggies right off the vine, was simply beautiful.
Like Jackson said, they didn’t miss artificial flavors or thrills.
They were outside, with life stripped down to its essence and they were delighted by it all.
It is amazing how good food tastes when you pick and eat it, fresh from the earth. It tastes like freedom, when you can drop it into your mouth without having to worry about pesticides or chemicals.
My kids not only had the chance to learn about organic and sustainable farming, they got the chance to taste the rewards.
We are home now, back to the routine of laptops, homework, and picking our peppers from the grocery store. But the time at the farm was a valuable lesson, an investment in my kids’ worldview. Every time I can, I want to teach and inspire my children to live sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
Thanks Cascadian Farm for a wonderful day – and for even arranging the sun to shine!
Your Turn: How do you get your kids to experience nature and healthy living? We would love to hear your tips!
Photos by Janice Croze
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