Illustrations by Candace Rose Rardon
This article blows me away and makes me think “Damn, how much food is wasted in America?”
I saved this article, as I wanted to present it to the youth at the garden club this summer with a simple test- “Which one would you eat?”
With my table set with various goodies from my favorite produce stand, I watched kids look, laugh, and observe. Then it happened. A little boy (after deep thought) pointed and answered, “That one’s perfect, but tiny. I’ll take that other one, because my mom would make it last longer.”
His friend blurted out “Don’t they taste the same anyway?”
These kid were nine and 11 years old. Middle school is an age when kids are looking for opportunities to make choices and be a little daring. It was clear they were getting the lesson. It’s not what something looks like, but what it tastes like. It is up to us to plant a seed. That’s all I’m looking for at this age. They might not come back to it for a while, but it is there. It is my hope that the children I play in the dirt with will also continue these conversations at home, and as things bloom and begin to harvest they will introduce their families to new foods and way of eating.