There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings. –Hodding Carter Jr.

I love how quiet this picture is, everyone is so busy tending to their business. There is no arguing, boredom, apathy or inattentiveness. Garden’s are such a peaceful place to be! The children did such a great job pulling weeds in the vegetable garden.

The weeds were gathered into these buckets then carried to the compost pile.

These friends enjoyed learning how composting is natures way of recycling. Compost has energy inside of it that soil will absorb to become more nutrient rich. When Farmer Sheldon asked, “What can we add to the compost pile?”, the children had many accurate recommendations from banana peels, leaves, and coffee grounds to egg shells and of course weeds.

After filling their buckets with a few scoops of compost, Sheldon pours water into each bucket to make compost tea.

Stirring and mixing compost, not exactly making mud pies but pretty close and just as much fun!

Do you see something magical happening in this picture? COOPERATION!!! It is amazing how naturally children will work together when they are given an opportunity and the right tools! Here they are applying compost tea to the vegetable’s they planted the previous week.

It was a surprise to see so many hawks circling above the farm on our last day.

Sheldon urged the children to consider and determine, who exactly had eaten all of his okra plants!  With hoof tracks present in the soil and leaves chewed too high off the ground for a bunny rabbit to reach, the children finally concluded the culprit must be a deer. The boys eyes grew wider and wider as they considered a deer to be within the vicinity. They begged to be allowed to go search the woods to find him!

Today, a third grade honors student…Tomorrow, an Environmentalist who recycle’s at home, a Congresswomen who raises awareness for conservation efforts,  a Farmer who feeds her community, a Mother who teaches her children how to plant sunflowers, an Engineer who designs using sustainable materials or a Teacher who guides others into wonder and knowledge of our natural world.

Farmer Sheldon Fleming, the children of Inspiring Kids Academy and myself, Keren King, sharing our last moments in the garden together.