Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Another reason I love to homeschool: field trips! We celebrated Earth Day : the kids and I went to a local organic farm and picked strawberries! It was so much fun. When I first started homeschooling, we went on this field trip. That was almost 3 years ago. At that point, it was just my youngest two who went. This time, my oldest went, too.

We took a ride in a wagon pulled by a tractor through the fields. We tried the best organic vegetables. Did you know that fresh broccoli is really sweet? And it is huge, too! The kids also tried maui onions and carrots and lettuce, and of course...strawberries!

Now we have 4 cartons of strawberries to eat. Too bad none of us actually like them! (kidding, we will make short work of them, I am sure!)

The funny thing is, I grew up in the Salinas Valley. Migrant workers get paid to pick berries. It is hard work, and not at all glamorous. And here? We spend money to bend over in the hot sun, to stand in mud and fill those baskets. Life is weird sometimes.

I just like the idea of my kids understanding where food actually comes from. Because food doesn't just materialize in the grocery store. It is good for them to see the origin. And I learned something, too. I never knew that broccoli was so large!

T, who is amazed that in Southern CA you PAY to pick strawberries

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