Nearly 30 children participated in the “Mi primera huerta” (My First Veggie Farm) classes, sponsored by Monsanto Chile, during winter break last month in Santiago, Chile. The workshop featured Karina Trujillo, a Seminis agronomist, who taught the children about the importance of fruits and vegetables and provided an explanation of seedlings in a fun and playful manner.
The children, who are between 5 and 10 years old, attended the two classes held in Vida Parque at the Parque Araucano Park in Santiago. The classes were designed to provide attendees with a variety of educational activities during winter break.
With music, plays and riddles, Trujillo explained to the children what seeds are and their significance. In addition, she shared how to plant a vegetable farm. At the end of the activity, the children returned home with seedlings to plant, as well as a booklet containing a “step-by-step” guide on how to take good care of their farm-to-be.
“These activities are extremely interesting, because it invites children to socialize while interacting with peers at the workshops, to use their motor functions to gently handle seeds and plant them, and to respect the environment as we are convinced that the values they own now in their early stage will remain throughout their life,” Trujillo said.
The workshop also taught the children about healthy eating, which helps parents reinforce healthy eating habits at home. Parents of participants valued this free initiative.
“The idea is to instill in children – who are our future— the awareness of food production and sustainability. As we shared with these children, every project requires ‘sun, water, air and love’ and this is what matters to me, that they take ownership of their environment, take care and preserve it as we intend to do it at the company level,” Trujillo said.