In their fast food world of chicken nuggets, the time is ripe for our little seedlings to get their hands dirty and learn about how food gets from farm (or, er, back yard) to table. With so many urban community gardens sprouting up in Atlanta, kid-centric gardening classes as well as locally available, easy-peasy DIY gardening kits—there is no excuse not to dig in. The carrot at the end of the stick? Having a hand in harvesting their own veggies makes them that much more likely to actually eat them. So grab your gloves and let’s get growing!
Step into the heart of most any community within Atlanta (OTP too!) and you will find community gardens a ‘plenty including Brook Run Park, Cabbagetown, Collier Heights, Freedom Park, Kirkwood, Oakhurst, and Peachtree Hills to name just a few. Not only do almost all of these gardens offer tours, the majority of them are open for anyone to come witness, taste, or drool over the bounty of their toil. For more information and to find a community garden near you click here.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Budding botanists can explore the magical world of all things green at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. They offer weekly children’s programming sure to plant a smile on your children’s face that range from garden stroller struts to story times, to treasure hunts in the Children’s Garden. Summer camps as well as special classes are also being offered where the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen will be used to whip up healthy recipes.
This Decatur gem offers amazing children’s gardening workshops spanning topics from planting your garden to composting. The majority of classes as well as summer camps take place at the Oakhurst and Edgewood Community gardens and are hands on and hands in! They embody the teaching philosophy of show and tell. Be sure to sign up in advance as some of these classes fill quickly.
Reap what you sow! Long gone are the days of prepping, tilling, drafting, waiting, waiting, and waiting. At home gardening kits for creating raised beds from several local spots make it easy for DIY-ers to get their garden growing.
Farmer D Organics
This environmentally-friendly and socially conscious company strives to empower people to grow healthy foods and sustainable communities. They have a retail store in Atlanta, hawking foolproof kits for raised garden beds, and they even offer a service to come to your home and help you create, set up, and grow the perfect urban garden. Three garden shovels up for this!
Home Depot’s ready-set-go cedar garden box kit is an absolute cinch to set up—and their plethora of seed and plant offerings make selection fun for little farmers. Be sure to ask their extremely friendly outdoor garden staff members for advice on what to buy to get you garden ready.
How does your garden grow? Do you play in the dirt with your kids?
— Valerie Shepherd