Powerful Plants, Powerful Teaching
Getting children to go outside in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley isn’t really that difficult, but coaxing them into working in the vegetable garden can be a different matter all together.
Serial inventor, farmer and father Al Benner knew from experience with his sons that children who grow vegetables eat vegetables. As his twin boys discovered the joy of gardening, they became more interested in eating and learning about how food is grown, what it means to be sustainable and how nature and the environment are related to gardening.
Benner realized if he was going to share his boys’ love of growing and eating healthy foods, he’d have to meet kids on their own turf—inside on the tablets and phones that dominate their time with technology-driven entertainment. So, he created the Powerful Plants product line for children aged 4 to 12.
Powerful Plants sells an interactive book that can be read the old-fashioned way, or scanned with a smart phone or tablet to bring animated vegetables and plants to life on the screen. The Powerful Plants package also includes organic heirloom seed packets with the same plants that come alive in the interactive book, and apps to help children produce a nutritious bounty by season’s end.