Kids Growing Strong

…resources to help prepare kids for a happy, healthy & strong life.


Growing With Kids

…more than just “gardening,” the Kids Growing Strong website is a growing resource for sharing the joy and the wonders of gardens with children.

Children learn best when actively involved in imaginative and energetic hands-on learning experiences with family and friends. Kids Growing Strong strives to help families and teachers make those experiences happen by developing new and exciting ways to help kids learn about growing healthy food and sharing the joy and wonders that can be found in a garden. ONLINE LEARNING: Check out the special learning modules covering general gardening and growing California fruits, nuts and vegetables with children.



…how to grow a great garden that will grow great kids.

“Real life” happens in the garden. All of life’s lessons can be learned there. Magic…mystery…war……life & peril. A real garden has more to offer than you can imagine!!! The best way to experience a garden is to tend one yourself. In this section we will be continually adding hints, tips and techniques to help you get started and learn more and more as you enjoy the wonders that gardens can bring into you life.


Veggie-Works and fruit, too!

…the components that make up fruits and veggies are the components that make up our bodies and give us the energy we need to thrive. How does it all work?

Fruit and vegetable plants each have preferred places where they like to grow (some like it hot, some like it cool, some like it wet, some like it dry) and each has its very own schedule that it follows (some grow quickly in the summer, some grow throughout the winter and some take a year or more to produce food.) This section will help you to sort it all out.


Healthy Garden Food

…healthy eating can’t be achieved without eating garden fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nutrients are the things we need to eat for energy (working and playing), for growth (building and maintaining the body) and for protection against infection. It is important that we eat the right foods to get the nutrients our bodies need. And we can get it ALL from eating fruits and veggies!



…all about pollination, pollinators and the habitats that sustain them.

The birds and the bees need help. So do the butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles and bats. Without an international effort, an increasing numbers of species that promote the growth of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of food… food that feeds you and millions and millions of people around the globe, face extinction. YOU can help. Learn how.



…plants that grow from seed are the foundation of the foods we eat  and envireonment that sustains each and every one of us.  And…every seed is a miracle!

Seeds are little  miracles that  contain all that’s needed to grow a new plant. There is a baby plant inside a hard case with instructions on how to grow and enough food to  last until the plant can make its own.  Even the tiniest  seed contains everything it needs to begin a new life. Plant them. Grow them. Eat them. It’s pretty amazing!


Things to Do …    
Stuff to Make

…snippets & ideas from the garden & around the Internet.

Seed tape, Grass Buddies, Masks, Gardens of all sizes, Scarecrows, Artwork, Crafts…. So much to do….       So little time! There are so many things you can do to have lots of fun and learn wonderful new things in the process.


Gardening on the Spectrum

…a resource for sharing the joy and wonder of gardens with children with autism spectrum disorder.

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of  1 in 6 American children with autism made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Either way, this is a HUGE number of children. Studies and experience have demonstrated that children on the autistic spectrum benefit from garden environments and activities within a garden. We have information and ideas that can help.


Sci-Tech Factory

…a garden is made up of moving parts and processes governed by the principles of the science & technology of nature.

In the Sci-Tech Factory we peek “under the hood” to think about how the technology and science of all the parts and processes come together to make the garden work… and make life possible for the rest of us.

Latest Blog Posts