Kinder Harmony

St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Meet Dominique, a gardener and educator who believes in nurturing children harmoniously with nature. In her early childhood setting, she’s creating enriching environments to champion children’s well-being and the right to feel whole and part of the many wonders of the Earth. Everyone in this Hertfordshire garden is a co-learner, guided by curiosity and experiencing lessons Mother Nature presents daily. Fast-yielding and easy-picking varieties of veg and fruit are often sown to engage the children in stewardship and harvesting more successfully. They regularly go home with seedlings to grow or harvest to eat with their families. Such simple tasks give them a sense of self and agency in the garden’s life cycles, from sowing seeds to enjoying what’s on the plate. “I strive to cultivate creativity in our human community to sustain our garden, improve our local ecosystem, and live and learn in equilibrium with flora and fauna,” Dominique says. “I’m planting to sustain an immersive garden that supports my family’s well-being whilst advocating eco-literacy in early childhood education. I feel incredibly fulfilled through gardening and advocating for children playing and learning in garden environments. We are all thriving organically and developing a love of being one with the earth alongside our plants and food.”

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Vegetable grower, natural beekeeper and edible spaces designer. Lover of all soil and urban farming techniques. Former head of growing at Incredible Aquagarden.