Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers of all levels find themselves teaching students and are sometimes called upon to give a speech to a group of parents. As an educator and career principal, I know the difficulty of opening the time for the preparation of the speech and I offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to suit your needs.
Organic gardening speech
How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 is the highest, how selfish would you judge yourself? If you are a little selfish, you may be interested in organic gardening.
A talk about organic gardening might seem more appropriate from a home economics teacher, but I’m selfish enough to love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and your children.
I want you to come with me, in the imagination, in a time and place before the industrial revolution. The year is 1707. It is the end of summer. We find ourselves walking through the streets of a small town. The houses are well spaced for privacy. The land extends behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is occupied by gardens. Here and there we see adults and children actively engaged in gardening. Plants are beautiful.
Call one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks and through the smile the words “Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants” arrive.
You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know that miraculous combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. This is the easy way to grow spectacular plants!
The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal and we accept. At dinner, we join in the thanksgiving prayer, and then we look with amazement at the children, one after the other, who start eating fresh vegetables.
You yourself don’t love vegetables so much, but politely take a small portion of each. Bite a leaf of steamed cabbage and open your eyes in amazement. It’s sweet – twice as sweet as cabbage you buy in your local market! Watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green cabbage and shiver. There is a teaspoon of ugly vegetables on your plate and you collect it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! This is also twice as sweet as any cabbage you’ve ever eaten. The same seems true for every vegetable on the table. You decide that if the vegetables in your supermarket were so good, you would eat many more.
Our imaginary journey ends at that dining table and we return to the present.
Organic gardening has many advantages. If you are completely selfish, you will want those benefits for yourself. If you are selfless, you will want those benefits for your family. Let me give you only three of the benefits of organic gardening.
1. Taste: organic gardening has proven to produce tastier fruit and vegetables. A Hong Kong study measured Brix levels, the percentage of sugar in plant juices, using organic gardening and non-organic gardening products. The results showed that organic gardening produced products that were 2 to 4 times sweeter than those produced by non-organic gardening. The sweetest fruit and vegetables are tastier and easier to eat, whether you are a young person or an adult. Organic gardening helps us eat better by providing tastier fruit and vegetables.
2. Nutrition: organic gardening has also been found to provide nutritionally superior products. Virginia Worthington, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, compared the composition of vegetables grown simultaneously in different agricultural conditions. His work included 41 studies with 1,240 comparisons of 35 vitamins and minerals. Worthington found that organic gardening produced fruits and vegetables that were higher in most minerals and vitamins than non-organic gardening. Not only that, organic gardening products contained less potentially harmful nitrates, which derive from nitrogen fertilizers. Dr Worthington concluded that organic gardening products are nutritionally superior. You and your family will enjoy better health with organic gardening fruits and vegetables. (Effect of agricultural methods on nutritional quality: a comparison between organic and conventional crops, Virginia Worthington MS, ScD, CNS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1998, Alternative Therapies, Volume 4, 1998, pages 58-69)
3. Exercise: Finally, organic gardening offers you and your children regular outdoor daily exercise. Organic gardening helps you build muscle, especially the core core muscles. Organic gardening brings you to sunlight where you can absorb essential vitamin D. Organic gardening is an excellent stress management tool. Organic gardening offers you an outlet for creativity. Provides satisfaction when you see that your work produces useful fruit, herbs and vegetables.
We could talk about the aesthetic pleasures of organic gardening – how beautiful that garden can become. We could talk about how to save money with organic gardening – growing your products instead of buying them.
Finally, we could talk about the importance for our children to know organic gardening, to embrace it as a way to better health and to practice it with school, home and community gardens.
A talk about organic gardening could go on for hours, but I’ll stop here, hoping I’ve stimulated your appetite enough to seek out more information about organic gardening.
Useful tip for the speaker
Some large bowls of beautiful organic products can be placed on the platform or around the room to help visual students imagine organic gardening.
by Anna Hart