It is with pleasure that we share with you this lovely coloring book by COG. Canadian Organic Growers is a Canadian association dedicated to providing resources to both local and national communities in an effort to educate and raise awareness about organic products and farmers. It is their mission to inspire “organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources” (COG website). Since 1975, COG has been giving a voice to farmers and consumers regarding food and farming as well as educating local and national communities about all things organic. COG now has four regional chapters including Manitoba.
What does organic mean? The Canadian Organic Standards require the agriculture to adhere to a set of principles that put nature first and prohibit the use of things such as GMOs and pesticides among other things. These principles include the principle of heath, ecology, fairness, and care. When you see the Canada Organic Logo displayed on a product, you can rest assured that it meets all the COG principles and standards.
Being in nature and eating organic products is important for children especially in our world today which is so plugged in to electronics and processed food is so popular. Educating children when they are young about organic growing and consuming will instill good nutrition habits as well as a respect for nature. According to a startling 2016 UK statistic, children spend less time outside than prison inmates. It is no surprise that spending time in nature is encouraged. In Japan there is a thing called “forest bathing” where people are encouraged to spend time among trees. In North America a term called “grounding” is recommended by doctors because connecting to the earth is so beneficial. Both practices have shown an increase in improved sleep and an increase of energy. COG has developed a program called Growing up Organic for children to encourage them to spend time in nature and learn about eating healthy. GUO partners with Ottawa schools to help them establish and maintain an organic school garden which encourages the children to be outdoors more and experience hands-on learning. They also offer many workshops on a variety of topics from seed saving to harvesting the yield from the garden. GUO supports the fact that our children thrive from being outside and becoming informed about how to be respectful and healthy through organic growing and eating.
COG has been generous enough to share this thoughtful coloring book with us for your enjoyment. It is full of simple and charming pictures with wonderful prompts on every page to get your young ones thinking about organic food and livestock. Kids will find joy coloring different chicken breeds and drawing organic produce while parents will appreciate the delicious recipes provided including a gluten-free, vegan-friendly recipe for berry hemp spelt muffins. Finish off the coloring book by building an organic farm diorama that will keep kids engaged and help them apply all they learned.
Please check out http://cog.ca to learn more about organic products and farmers or about the programs they offer.
Happy coloring!OurNatureisOrganic – COG Colouring Book