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When Kids Grow Food, Confidence is Natural

Rachela, my 5-year old daughter, has already participated in four full tomato growing seasons. Growing some of their own food provides children with confidence that is unbeatable.

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Rachela, my 5-year old daughter, has already participated in four full tomato growing seasons. She simply ate them off the vine when she was two but now she is actively involved in all the stages of planting and growing the tomatoes. She's very punctual about watering , knows not to pick the green ones, and blesses the plants with a daily prayer "to make tomato feel better". She also likes to watch the bees and butterflies visit the tomato flowers. Rachela shares her harvest with her classmates when they come over for weekly "tomato picking picnics". Nobody's said no to eating them yet. Using the Sun Gold Cherry Tomato allows us to share the bounty without worrying about running out of ripe, sweet tomatoes.

TL;DR: Growing some of their own food provides children with confidence that is unbeatable.

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Photo of Arjan

Super story, Avi. And great to see you in another challenge! I love how your daughter blesses the plants every day. Wonderful. I think the absolute benefit of having tangible results (in this case the tomatoes that you can share on the tomato picking picnic) are a great boost for creative confidence. And I'm sure that everybody loves the blessed tomatoes.

Photo of Meena

Agreed – awesome share, Avi! (I've also mentioned elsewhere on the challenge that I've often advised my design students to have a go at cooking or gardening as a way of overcoming creative blocks) Loving your highlights of Rachela's experiences here.

Photo of Anne-Laure

Thanks for sharing Avi. Lovely story. As noted by Arjan, it reminds us the importance of concrete / tangible outputs. This is something that emerged in several inspirations and something to keep in mind in the ideation phase.

I also like the fact that this is something "invisible": she started without thinking about it and while more involved, is not thinking much more about it: it's a routine that gives her confidence.