The Pocket Garden is a little garden that grows inside a jar!
This is such a tiny world that you can keep it in a pocket
This is an invitation to experience the process of seed germination through attentive observation, imagination and creativity, by exploring the living process of plant development in the shoes of a scientist, a chef and an artist.
By germinating life, we harvest health! Let’s discover the mysteries of the seed’s small universe by doing, feeling and thinking!
In the shoes of a scientist.
Attentive observation and experimentation, reflection and questioning through sensorial circumstances (seeing, touching, smelling, hearing, tasting).
Step by step to develop an experimental design (inquiry-based learning).
Becoming nutri-scientists, performing key questions, thinking their hypotheses, analyzing different ways of answering them, developing experiments and scientific skills.
In the shoes of a chef.
Preparing nourishing and tasty food in a creative, conscious and enjoyable way. Easy and delicious recipes to incorporate, fruits and vegetables, sprouts or germinated seeds in children’s daily lives promoting their health and wellbeing.
Why eating sprouts? Germinated or sprouted seeds constitute a high-quality source of nutrients, minerals, enzymes and vitality.
Our health and our Planet’s Health as One Health
In the shoes of an artist.
Storytelling, singing, drawing, painting …
The journey within the seed is a lively story that enables children to get immersed in the life cycle of a plant, from seed to seed. Songs and poems promote motor and language skills in children development through affective engagement with joy, imagination and inspiration.
The coloring time is a special section co-created with Peter Reichenbach, project author of Sevengardens, which enables to obtain natural colors from plants encouraging a meaningful connection with nature.
“Seeds are important to me because that’s where all the plants come from, that give us oxygen, that give us many of the things we eat. The sprouts are also good because we can make our own healthy food without having to buy from other places that might put strange things in it, or chemicals”. Juan Cruz, 11 years old.
What does it mean to be a
By becoming a Pocket Gardener, you will:
Why is it important to become a
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Germinating life, cultivating a Pocket Garden - The Book
This book is a teaching-learning guide for children and educators all over the world.
“Germinando Vida” was first published in 2017, in Buenos Aires (Argentina). This second publication in its English version was improved, inspired and complemented by the Sevengardens global network with the unconditional support of Peter Reichenbach.
The book starts with a mindful practice to be aware of the body, of oneself and the surrounding world, while encouraging imagination to make a special inner journey. The purpose of this journey is to explore two different natural contexts emphasizing the relevance of the senses. Our senses act as intermediaries between the inside (our body) and the outside (the environment). The first step in any learning process is based on the observation process, a contemplative and conscious observation. We live in a world in which the sense of sight is greatly exacerbated over the other senses. However, we not only observe with our eyes but also through touching, smelling, tasting and cultivating an attentive listening.
Coming back from this journey, children are invited to play by exploring a vegetable-garden, creating their own stories and awakening curiosity, creativity and imagination.
Afterwards, we get immersed into the mysterious world of seeds and we discover how seeds grow creating our own pocket garden. Children become mindful observers of the germination process and create their own pocket garden journals.
Furthermore, “the journey within the seed” is a brief and lively story that enables children to get immersed in the life cycle of a plant, from seed to seed. The song and the poem promote motor and language skills in children development through affective engagement with joy and inspiration.
The coloring time is a special section of this book, co-created with Peter Reichenbach, project author of Sevengardens (http://sevengardens.eu/). Obtaining natural colors from dye plants is the starting point of this global network initiative. Sevengardens has promoted a variety of worldwide projects, particularly in the areas of education for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and promotion of local economic cycles. The sense of wonder sparked in children by creating color from plants lifts them into a state of wide sensory experimentation. This deep connection to plants awakens their motivation to explore more about nature, about the mysteries of seeds, the germination process, and many other biological processes in which plants are involved also contributing to our nutrition and health. We create fascinating and delicious foods with them! Sevengardens methodology has added to our work the possibility of promoting artistic learning contexts so that from early childhood we develop an affective connection with those habits that make our individual, social and planetary health.
Once children experience the germination process, they are able to develop an experimental design. Nutri-scientific questions aim to accomplish this task so that children become nutri-scientists, performing key questions, thinking their hypotheses, analyzing different ways of answering them, developing experiments and scientific skills.
Germinated seeds or sprouts constitute a high-quality source of nutrients, minerals, enzymes and vitality. That is why the book ends with easy and delicious recipes and recommendations to incorporate sprouts or germinated seeds in children’s daily lives promoting their health and wellbeing. Children do not just follow recipes but they are able to observe, analyze, explore and reflect on biological processes such as seed germination.
Throughout the book, each activity is enlivened with illustrations by Peter Reichenbach. The black and white drawings have been carefully and intentionally designed with the purpose of being colored by the children, with the natural pigments extracted from the plants or in any way that each child wishes.
Children’s understanding of nature might be grounded in an intimate experience of living phenomena, that could contribute to comprehend our human nature and health as a process rather than a static state. This way of seeing and learning promotes self-connectedness and awareness encouraging a deep engagement to natural surroundings, which might contribute to recognize the complexity of life that sustains us and that we are part of the larger web of life. Under the umbrella of this integrative perspective, we develop the activities to emphasize children’s awareness towards living processes in nature and its connectedness to the biological processes in their own bodies and their nutrition, with its unavoidable implications on the environment.