Eating veggies is usually embraced with the joy reserved for getting shots and the time-out corner.
Garden designer and green-home consultant Sara Mossman has a simple way to turn that around: have kiddos grow their own bounty.
According to Mossman, when young farmers-in-training raise their own food, the problem becomes getting the goods to the table before they find their way into tiny mouths.
Mossman’s services include combinations of design (usually in simple raised beds), installation, and garden coaching for the whole family. And, make no mistake, you aren’t just reaping lettuce from the backyard plot, you are also harvesting time together.
We’ll raise a trowel to that.
Available online at saramossman.com.
Birthdays at Cal Academy
What: The beloved museum now offers space for celebrations.
Why: Fetes include a personalized tour, treats in a private space, and the potential for 38,000 animal guests (they’ll be in the building, anyway).
When: Weekends only.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (415-379-8000). For more info, e-mail email@example.com. Adults, free; children, $75 (minimum, ten children/maximum, twenty).
Sprout Stage at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
What: Gorgeous demo gardens for you; kiddie classes on bugs, worms, and bonsai for them.
Why: This is one to grow on.
When: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Dr., b/t S. Delaware St. & Franklin Pkwy. W., San Mateo (415-684-7278). Adults, $20; children, free.
What: A meet-and-greet for families and the marsh.
Why: Look for crabs, play in the sand, and hear legends on a guided tour.
When: Sat., 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Crissy Field Beach Hut, 1199 E. Beach St., by East Beach. Reservations (required) to 415-561-4323. Participation is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Sara Mossman