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Kindergarten in a Vegetable Garden, circa 1899, Washington, D.C.

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Early photo of children gardening at school, USA, circa 1899.

See large version of photo here.

January 18, 2008   Comments Off

Allotment Gardens: Areas of experience for children

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Booklet produced by the European ‘Office International
du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux’

“If we look back at the years following the end of the war, we remember that in the cities there were many hidden places and open areas where children could have direct contact with an untouched nature. There was, as well, enough space where children could give free way to their fantasy and experience nature. These adventure grounds have disappeared due to the spreading of the communes, the density of the housing developments and the efforts to plan completely all the open country. The allotment and leisure gardens represent now for our children a compensation for this lost paradise. In the allotment gardens they can have direct contact with nature and discover the numerous mysteries of plants and animals. In this way they can watch the ripening of fruit and vegetables and see the miracles of nature.”

Link to this booklet (31 page PDF)

January 10, 2008   Comments Off