Welcome to Sowing Seeds.
Our passion is to provide nature-based opportunities for children to learn, play, and grow. Food Forester Taylor Malone and I collaborate through a shared vision of offering nature-connection experiences for our community, and especially for children. We do this through growing and maintaining public edible parks called Food Forests. There are now three Food Forests established in Johnson City, and another that Taylor helped initiate with the students at the Science Hill Alternative Center. We host events and after-school programming to teach children how to grow food and to gain the knowledge and skills to become ecoliterate, caring stewards of place.
There is immense vulnerability growing up in the world today. There is increasing cultural emphasis on material goods and less emphasis on– or, in some cases, even less access to, simple experiences in nature that not only bring peace and joy, but also teach important lessons about what it means to live a meaningful, connected life. According to the American Psychological Association, every year, the average child is exposed to 40,000 television commercials (1). We live in an environment in which children are constantly bombarded with advertisements, violent news media, careless magazines, songs, and shows that tell them what to be, how to be, and that they are not enough without buying into the latest fad.
Time and exploration in nature offers an oasis amidst the world’s chaos and supports young people in building their resiliency to maintain their authenticity and discover within themselves their own true passions and joys. Nature fosters connection– to where our food and water comes from, to the impact of our human choices, and to the family of life on earth.
“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
― Richard Louv,
Shae Keane, Community Food Educator
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Taylor Malone, Community Food Forester and Permaculturist
- “Protecting Children from Advertising.” http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun04/protecting.aspx