A review by Clare Flynn featured in Make it and Mend it (Thursday 1st October ’09):
To encourage small children to get into gardening and to start eating their greens without complaint, we’ve discovered a great little children’s gift kit – the Secret Seed Society.
The pack contains a storybook “No Hens in the Pen”, some cress seeds to plant and grow and membership of the Secret Seed Society as well as the recipe for the marvellously Mad Muffins that two of the characters, Chrissie Cress and Peter Parsnip are baking in the book.
Everything is printed on recycled materials and uses 100% vegetable oil based inks. The little packs make great Christmas stocking fillers or party favours.
Secret Seed Society is the brainchild of Shena Cooper. Shena is a teacher and along with an anthropologist, a filmmaker, a sustainability strategist and an illustrator she decided to independently finance, publish and distribute the packs to encourage children to eat and grow healthy sustainable food.
No Hens in the Pen is the first of many planned stories set on City Farm, each featuring anthropomorphic vegetable characters.
To learn more tips about gardening from the Make It and Mend It website click here.