HOME GROWN KIDS
A weekly program for homeschooled students, ages 8-12 in the Omaha area. Join us as we explore different lessons on gardening, science, cooking, nutrition, nature, sustainability, and more!
Important Updates and Safety Precautions:
With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant, City Sprouts requires masks to be worn by all guests indoors. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these meetings with proper safety measures in place. Hand sanitizer will be provided and available at all Home Grown Kids sessions. If you or your child is experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, please stay home.
Thank you for your understanding. We are looking forward to our first Home Grown Kids Autumn session with you all!
Week 1 (August 24): Welcome to the pilot lesson of City Sprouts' new program Home Grown Kids!
In this lesson, we will play intro games to get to know our classmates, talk about the benefits of gardening, and make a delicious salsa to share.
Native Plants + Pollinators
Week 2 (August 31): In this lesson, we will learn about the importance of native plants and pollinators for our local ecosystem and for the garden. We will explore ethical beekeeping, plant native plants, and learn about the native species that make the Great Plains their home.
Foraging for Fritters
Week 3 (September 7): Did you know there are lots of plants growing wild that you can eat? And many of them have health benefits, too! In this lesson, we will learn about edible wild plants and ethical foraging, and we will make our own dandelion fritters.
The Science of Vermicompost
Week 4 (September 14): Worms are truly fascinating -and important- creatures. Today we will learn about their place in the food web, how they benefit us in the garden, and how they help us in our homes through composting.
Local Organic vs. Industrial farming
Week 5 (September 21): What does it really mean to be "organic" and "locally produced"? We will look at the different paths of food from a local organic farm and an industrial farm and assess the effects of each path. We will also make a delicious smoothie as we learn!
Natural Building + Harvest Pizza
Week 6 (September 28): Building off of last week's theme, we will continue to talk about the benefits of locally produced goods as we create delicious harvest pizzas in our natural Earth oven!
Week 7 (October 5): This will be the final harvest before frost. We will learn about the different growing zones across the country and why we simply can't grow bananas in Nebraska. We will also create our own dream garden collages as we look forward to planting our garden next year!
Garden Bed + Bulbs
Week 8 (October 12): Building on last week's theme, we will continue to prepare the gardens for winter with some garden cleanup and get a head start on next year's planting with bulbs! We will learn the different ways plants reproduce and why bulbs are so amazing.
Pickle + Preserve
Week 9 (October 19): How did ancient humans eat during the winter? Preservation! Learn about food preservation through history as we create our own preserved food to enjoy. We will focus on vinegar pickling and water bath canning in this lesson.
Winter Herbal Healing
Week 10 (October 26): As the Autumn session comes to a close, we want to leave you prepared for the chilly winter weather ahead. In this lesson, we will learn about some popular herbal remedies for cold and flu and make a couple of our own remedies to have ready for when winter illness strikes!
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