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They are what they eat...

  

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Getting kids to eat their greens is tough for many parents, but there could be a simple, healthy solution - get them to grow their own.

Research commissioned by the National Trust has found that 72% of UK children would like their own space to grow fruit and vegetables, and 63% of them would rather eat fruit and veg they've grown themselves than buy it from a supermarket.

To capitalize on the youthful enthusiasm about growing food, the National Trust is giving away 170 million free seeds as part of its Food Glorious Food campaign, which aims to inspire children to plant, grow and eat their own food.

The seeds, which have been specially selected so they can be grown in both containers or gardens, are now being given away during family events at National Trust properties across the country.

They will produce 2.5 million thyme plants, 3.2 million leaf salads and 2.8 million bunches of carrots. Tomato seedlings will also be available.

National Trust spokesperson Laura Palmer says: "It's to show how easy it is to grow your own food, and how much fun it is.

"If you get kids engaged in growing their own food, they're more likely to carry on with that behavior when they grow up.

"They're more likely to eat it if they grow it too - that's got to be a good thing."

She advises parents to get kids to grow a mixture of vegetables, such as cress, which grows very quickly, and carrots, which take much longer.

"By teaching children where food comes from - that it doesn't just come from the supermarket, it grows from the ground - you're instilling within them an understanding of seasonable, sustainable food that will stay with them for the rest of their lives," she adds.

The Trust has also created the Sowing Squad - a 13-strong team of keen young growers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland - who will promote growing food and help inspire the next generation to get planting, and eating, the food they grow.




 
  

Parenting Editor
06/14/2010
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