Like many parents, you may be wondering how to get your kids off of their phones and computer games. You might be struggling with encouraging them to get outside for some fresh air. This is especially difficult for families that live in urban and certain suburban areas.
One way to make this fun for kids is to bring a bit of the farm to your home or neighborhood. This can even be a community effort that can also be educational. Here are four ideas you can use to get started on your home farm adventure.
Plant a Vegetable and Fruit Garden
Whether you have a large backyard or simply a deep kitchen windowsill, it is always possible to design and plant an edible garden with your kids. They will love watching the progress of the growing plants.
A backyard garden is great for growing tomatoes, zucchini, and melons. Try encouraging your neighbors to do the same but with different produce so that you can have a harvest exchange. If you are limited to a balcony or windowsill, consider growing a variety of herbs in pots or fun recycled containers. Let the kids get their hands in the dirt.
So many families are into raising chickens for fresh eggs. It only takes a few good hens, a small chook shed, and some feed to reap the benefits. You can easily find quality chicken feed for sale now.
It isn’t just eggs that you will be rewarded with. If your kids don’t get too attached, you could have fresh poultry for dinner. If they do feel a great attachment to the birds, that is awesome because they will be likely to take a greater interest in caring for them. The chickens will also provide a natural fertilizer for your garden.
While you are planning your garden, be sure to include a compost container to nourish the soil. You can turn your fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, and coffee grounds into rich organic material loaded with minerals and other nutrients. This will teach the kids about the science behind “feeding” soil and the importance of recycling food waste.
You can purchase a backyard compost tumbler or simply use a rubbish tin with a secure lid. It is also possible to compost right in your kitchen or on your balcony in a small construction pail with a lid.
Keep Bees and Make Honey
Putting in a bee hive can be a very rewarding experience. There is a lot that goes into caring for bees and you’ll need to ensure that you have all of the beekeeping supplies to get started. Beekeeping is becoming very popular in the suburbs and even in the city on urban rooftops. You might be surprised at how attached the family will become to nurturing these beneficial insects. And, the raw honey is an incredibly healthy and delicious by-product.
If you aren’t able to care for a hive of bees, you and your children could plant a wildflower garden that would attract and feed honey bees and pretty butterflies.
As you can see, there are definitely a few ways to bring a taste of farm life to your kids at home. This can be fun and educational at the same time. Depending on the space available, consider gardening, raising chickens, composting, or beekeeping to get started. If possible, make this a community endeavor so everyone can share in the process and enjoy the rewards.