Back in the Autumn the children planted a variety of vegetables and herbs in our garden. These have been watered and cared for by everyone. Often the children are eating a sprig of parsley or rubbing in their hands some rosemary from the garden. This week we picked one of the cabbages. Some children tried eating the leaves just as they were. Ms Yuka worked with small groups to break the cabbage up and cook it with a little oil and salt. This was then eaten by the children as a snack.
This concept of ‘from garden to table’ is an important understanding for all of us. We want the children to begin to understand where food comes from and how it is produced. It is also a wonderful way for children to try new vegetables that they may not usually eat. A number of parents have told us that after being at the ELC and having the garden their child now eats broccoli or parsley or even romanesco (which we really did grow).