Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So, You Have a Garden, but Now What Do You Do With It?

North Florida's very own Kelly Johnson set out to answer that for folks. Read below to learn more!

Peppered with anecdotes and friendly advice, while based in research and experience, Wings, Worms, and Wonder answers this question.  Above and beyond gardening guidance on topics such as composting and organic pest control, it gives adults the tools to reconnect themselves and the children in their lives to the natural world through holistic gardening experiences.  It will ignite your confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that nurture both wonder and ecological literacy.
Overflowing with tips for successfully gardening with children in school and community settings, as well as including 36 child tested lesson plans, you’ll find everything you need to seamlessly integrate gardening into both elementary curricula and daily life.  Rooted in scientific and arts based Nature-Study and progressive education models, this guide is invaluable for anyone wanting to grow a thriving children’s gardening program.  This book will inspire and equip you to sprout a happier healthier generation of children!
Wings, Worms, and Wonder, the guide and the company, aspires to reconnect children with the natural world and help create future generations of happy, healthy, ecologically literate children who are invested in nature and have a desire to “grow their own.” Through the many educational workshop and garden consultation services I offer I hope to reach as many students, teachers and parents as possible. We have a right to healthful nutritious food and a beautiful inspiring natural world. Through my guide and workshops I hope to help you bring nature into your classroom or home soon!
"At a time when more children spend their days trapped indoors than ever before and the country finds itself in the middle of an obesity epidemic spiraling out of control, Kelly Johnson's book is exactly what we need at this very critical moment to reconnect children to the wonder of nature and the magic of the garden. This is a practical handbook for teachers, parents, and children of all ages on getting lost in the garden and rediscovering the joys of growing food, eating well, and making each day an outdoor adventure."Richard Villadoniga, Founder, Slow Food First Coast

"We are all children of the dirt! Kelly Johnson's smart and accessible book neatly capsulizes the disconnect from the natural world that denies too many children a life filled with wonder. Better yet, she offers hands-on solutions to help bring meaningful connection with nature back into the lives of our children, Kids and gardens are an idea whose time has come - again." John Moran Florida Nature Photographer & Writer

To learn more and buy your own copy you can check out the Facebook page or the website: