Much has changed since the time I first created My Edible Eden nearly 7 years ago. The year was 2008, and I was about to graduate from Indiana University. Things were uncertain when I graduated, a single mother of three, recently divorced. I had moved been homesteading and home educating before moving into a fixer-upper built in 1899. I have learned and been a part of many things since then, though in 2006 I thought my life was ending, when in fact it was going through a looong transition period.
Which leads to me writing this post. After nearly two years of doing little by way of public agriculture, after accepting a job at Indiana University as a Communications Specialist I was offered an opportunity to write a very simple garden article for the internal digital magazine. As it so happens the article was read by an early childhood educator who knew of my past work, and this lead to me giving a presentation to an every-seat-taken early childhood education conference for south central Indiana.
Rather than closing up shop of My Edible Eden, we are coming out of a chrysalis becoming a source for early childhood educators to find curriculum to use in the classroom. Products are still in the research and development phase, moving into testing in the next few weeks. I have high hopes that the time has finally come to where children will find value in growing food for many myriad of reasons. And I commend the teachers ready and willing to “fail” when many have never grown their own food. Bravo!
And for those who have supported me and my work over the years, I thank you. You’ve given me hope for a better future, even if many of you I have never met in person. I hope that you will feel compelled to share the resources I am creating with the teachers in your life, and to visit and support the businesses with whom I am working.
And now let us prepare for 2015 – Garden educational materials for early childhood teachers!