CPA kindergarten students visited Green Door Gourmet, a local, organic farm and country store spanning 350 acres in West Nashville along the Cumberland River. Green Door Gourmet grows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs using holistic methods. The farm supplies organic produce to over 50 local restaurants and farmer’s markets, and has recently developed an educational program teaching children the value of sustainable farming practices.
“We empower children to believe they can grow things themselves, and they don’t have to grow up to be consumers, but they can be producers as well,” says Green Door Gourmet Education Coordinator Kate Compton.
While visiting the farm, students participated in a number of educational games and activities introducing them to the natural world of cultivating and harvesting. Arranged into small groups, students learned how to plant and care for seedlings, identified “good” and “bad” bugs on the farm, ran a vegetable relay race, and embarked on an herb scavenger hunt. Led by the farm’s education team, sessions allowed for students to get their hands dirty (literally) as they explored and asked questions.
“I think it’s important to introduce our young students to sustainable, healthy food practices in a fun and interactive way. This experience sparks their curiosity and allows them to see the beauty of God’s earth and all of the things that grow in it,” explains Instructor of Kindergarten Lindsey Doyle.
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Christ Presbyterian Academy is a private, coeducational, college-preparatory school for grades preschool through 12. The Academy provides transformational education through a Christian worldview and offers extensive programs to develop the diverse potential of each student. CPA is a ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.