Benefits of harvesting and cooking with children

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Benefits of harvesting and cooking with children

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The benefits of harvesting and cooking with children are a student begins to see the cycle of a plant, what foods are available at what time of year. And with that knowledge, I think that there's a deeper appreciation by the children for how our food is grown. On campus, there's an excitement of, "How is this plant growing? How is this fruit going to color from green to purple, for example, if that's the color of the fruit?" I'm noticing that at a certain age, if we give this to our children, the curiosity and the choices that they make are more intelligent.

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Steven Kiralla

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Steven was born and grew up in Southern California. His parents were from Lebanon and had lived in a village and a society that was very in tune with nature and the natural cycles of their surroundings, and very self sufficient with growing food. At a young age he was attracted to his mother’s gardening passion and her magical ways of growing food. In 1970 he was graduating from high school, and the first Earth Day was April of that year. Earth Day made a positive change in the way he saw the planet, the air, water, population and our waste. He started wondering how we can live in our natural world with balance and less damage. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree in
 Horticultural and Agricultural Sciences. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years working in Colombia, South America.

In 1999, he and his wife helped found Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, California, where both of their children attended K-6. Steven created the school’s edible garden and taught gardening and cooking to the students. He also started the Environmental/Green Committee that helped the school act daily in “green thinking” ways. He loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking, surfing, camping, skiing, playing tennis and anything else to challenge his mind and body.

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