An Organic Garden Adventure

From Seed to Salad Bowl and Beyond!


In this unique new program offered as a joint project between Tomato Matters and Tutor Doctor, children will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the importance of healthy food choices and an appreciation for growing some of their own food at home.

In a fun and nurturing way, the objectives of the program are:

√      To educate children about where the food they eat comes from
     To inspire children to appreciate fresh fruit and vegetables and their nutritional value through hands on experiential organic gardening
     To combat the trend of childhood obesity and diabetes by teaching children about healthy eating and how to make informed and healthy food choices
     To learn about organic growing , nutrition and food prep
     To provide children the opportunity to experience the pleasure and unequaled satisfaction of preparing a meal from food they have grown themselves


Maximum 14 participants

Ages: 7-13

Cost : $150 per participant

6 Saturdays: 10:00am-12pm

March 23 & 30 • April 3, 16 & 27 • May 4 



Location: Private Garden in Woodland Hills • Taught by Laura Taylor of Tomato Matters
Laura Taylor is an organic gardening and tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes. She has almost 20 years of experience and is passionate about sharing the joy and pleasures of urban farming. Laura personally teaches over 30 classes each year at her hidden garden gem and educational facility tucked away in the corner of the San Fernando Valley.

Laura authors the acclaimed annual Tomato Growing Guide and Calendar, has been featured in various newspapers and radio shows, and is a repeat guest teacher at Los Angeles area cooking schools. Visit her garden blog .

Curriculum Overview

1. The Magic is in the Soil – Learning about different soils and soil treatments to create an optimum growing environment. We will plant some seeds in different soil/mediums to track their growth. This session will include food preparation.
2. Growing a Rainbow with Seeds – Each participant will plant a tray of seeds and take them home to care for and track their growth.
3. The Ultimate Tomato – Participants will enjoy a “blind” tomato tasting and tomato recipe preparation.
4. Insects: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – Identifying insects, how to encourage the good ones and organically minimize the presence and damage of the bad ones. We will conclude with a discussion of the benefits of ladybugs and release a containerful.
5. Creative Containers- Repurposing/Environment Friendly/Recycling – Each participant will plant their own container garden.
6. Snack Attack! Why a carrot and not a Cheeto … – We’ll do a creative recipe project turning everyday celery and carrots into a mixed vegetable crudités extravaganza!

Space is limited in this program to ensure the optimum “hands on” experience for each participant.
Reserve your child’s spot today –  enrollment deadline date is March 8th.

Additional Resources on Kids and Nutrition:

Food Revolution Day is May 17, 2013
The Edible Schoolyard Project
Kids Eat Right
Let’s Move – America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids