Food & Garden VISION

19 Mar

We at Butter Beans believe that we are at a critical juncture in the world of food. There is inspiring progress with urban gardens, farms, CSA’s, and a major expansion of farmers markets across urban areas and agricultural regions. That being said, we are still far from a sustainable, local food network. We have great need for young farmers; the average age is 57 and rising. This generation of kids, we believe, can play an essential role in reconnecting our country with its food and the culture behind it. Kids are our future farmers, future food policy makers, future chefs, community leaders, and home dinner makers. We know that food and farming can be incredibly fun and exciting for kids, and can help them make better, more informed and more adventurous food choices going forward into adulthood. Seeing firsthand the work that goes into growing the carrot they eat, or how much effort goes into simply composting and making the soil rich to grow the apples or pears that they love will, we believe, help them better connect with the food on their plates.

Next week we launch our Garden & Food Program, where students will learn through experience, and have fun meeting farmers, buying local food, making their own ice cream, pickles, jam and jelly, and more.

Kids see and appreciate how much better things taste when you make them yourself and know exactly what you put into them. We can help change the future of food in America with our kids, and have a great time doing so. Contact if you are interested in more info.

We’ll be blogging about our city food adventures, and sharing our recipes here next week.

5 Responses to “Food & Garden VISION”

  1. Louise March 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Just wanted to say how inspirational I find your blog. The kids I cook for are younger than yours, I have 55 under 5 yr old tummies to fill each day, but we follow many of the same principles. I work by myself so it is great to have voices like yours helping me to stay focused and motivated and confident in the choices I make for ‘my’ kids.
    Even in my side gig cooking cupcakes I make sure the ingredients I use are ‘honest’, no numbers, no artificial nasties. So…not sure where I am going with this comment except to to say Thanks and Go ButterBeans!

    • Thank you for sharing – Go Louise too!! There are many of us out there, working to make a change for a better future for our children. It is so nice when the “people out there” have names and faces and stories. Share some of yours, and any favorite recipes that come out of your diligence anytime – we’d love to highlight your success!


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