Gardening with kids


By Tommie M. James - Guest columnist



The Bryan County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s “OSU Kids Garden Patch” will be held at the upcoming Texoma Spring Garden Show.


Photo provided | extension office

Kids are so fascinated by how things grow. First planting with something that looks dead, a seed, and then watching it grow into a plant that changes daily. Kids learn a lot from gardening, said Tommie M. James, Family & Consumer Science Extension Educator for Bryan County. It teaches a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. There is nothing better than eating fresh produce picked from your own garden. Gardening promotes environmental stewardship and provides opportunities to learn about science, nutrition and health. Gardening also provides an opportunity for a child to spend one on one time with a family member or with the whole family.

For families and kids who would like to learn more about gardening, you can visit the Bryan County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s “OSU Kids Garden Patch” at the upcoming Texoma Spring Garden Show.

Texoma Spring Garden Show

Friday, April 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday April 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bryan County Fair Grounds, Durant

Vendors will be located in the Clay Jones Community Building, Haggard Hall and the Washington Bldg.

The “OSU Kids Garden Patch” is a fun and interactive educational booth designed for youth. While visiting the booth youth will plant a vegetable seed, view fun and easy garden projects; test their sense of smell at the “4-H Herb Garden” and much more. The booth will be located in the Clay Jones Community Building.

This year at the booth, the Bryan County 4-H will be giving FREE vegetable seeds such as tomato, green bean, pepper, corn seed packets to families and individuals. This a community service project of the Bryan County 4-H Food Science Club.

Also, kids are invited to the “Fruit & Veggies Art”, a nutrition and hands-on workshop to be held on Friday, April 7th, at 5:30 pm located at the “OSU Kids Garden Patch”. Kids will learn how to make creative healthy snacks made of fruits and veggies.

For additional information on gardening, contact the Bryan County OSU Extension Office at 924-5312. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its program to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tommie M. James is a Bryan County Family & Consumer Science Extension Educator.

The Bryan County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s “OSU Kids Garden Patch” will be held at the upcoming Texoma Spring Garden Show.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_GardenPic.jpgThe Bryan County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s “OSU Kids Garden Patch” will be held at the upcoming Texoma Spring Garden Show. Photo provided | extension office

By Tommie M. James

Guest columnist

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