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A Table Designed To Teach Kids To Grow Their Own Food

Getting kids to eat veggies is an age-old battle. Eat Play Grow, designed by a recent college grad, could give parents one more piece of ammo.

My five-year-old niece recently brought home a list of her class’s favorite meals: hot dogs, spaghetti, pizza, and one oddball: cucumber and avocado sushi rolls. “Yeah, I’d like to see that kid eat those,” my sister quipped.

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The struggle to get otherwise curious kids to eat vegetables is an age-old complaint. A recent trend has been to sneak veggies into other foods (remember Jessica Seinfeld’s controversy-laden cookbook?). But as disdainful as they can be about leafy greens, kids can be jazzed about projects, which is why a new table that allows kids to grow their own food — and (gasp!) even help out in the kitchen — holds promise.

Designed by Ruth Vatcher, a recent college grad, Eat Play Grow features an herb sprouting tray, a chopping board for food preparation, a ceramic watering pot, and felt pockets for storing tools and seeds. The attractive, solid-oak table will blend into most decors, and even if it doesn’t result in dramatically healthier eating habits, it will give kids a greater appreciation where food comes from — before it hits the grocery store shelves.

[Photos by Damian Drozdowicz]

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About the author

A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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