This last Saturday was garden day at the Mustard Seed House. The trouble is that now we need to process 150 lb of apples so we are furiously drying and freezing. This is providing some wonderful times of fellowship for Ricci & Anneke and I and is a great learning experience for Catie who has just started school.
Part of what it has made me realize is that many kids like Catie rarely have the opportunity to learn the life skills that were once second nature to families and that were passed on without anyone even thinking consciously about them. Cooking meals from scratch, even growing your own vegetables are not part of the average child’s experience these days. Yet there is so much that kids can learn from these activities. Catie already knows that growing food is a fun, cooperative adventure and is very proud of her own little garden.
I know that many of us cannot grow our own food, but there is growing evidence that time spent with creation is beneficial for all of us – even more valuable I suspect when we can do it together with friends. It is renewing and refreshing both physically and spiritually. For more photos of our garden day check out the Mustard Seed House blog