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Day 195: A Recipe for Giving Back to the Planet this Spring

When I started 365give my motivation was simple. He stands about 3 feet tall, is potty trained, can count to 20 and is the love of my life. My motivation is my son. He is my miracle. My husband and I were blessed in adopting him at the age of 11 weeks old. He changed my life forever. He has made me a better person. Since the day he came home I have done everything I could to give him the best of everything life has to offer. I’m not talking about the newest toys or the finest cloths. I am talking about feeding him great healthy food that he understands and loves, travelling with him to see different parts of the world, teaching him to pick up garbage instead of walking past it, composting and treating every animal and plant with respect and care. I was once asked how I would know if I had done a good job as a parent raising my son. The answer was easy. If my son grows up being kind, giving, loving and full of life I have done my job well. If I can teach him he has the ability to impact other people and our planet by his actions in a positive manner I will be jumping for joy in the heavens at the end of my life.

Our next lesson began today and it’s all about giving back to the planet, and ourselves.  It’s a recipe I hope we will recreate year after year together.

Day 195: Give 195

This is a simple yet effective and yummy spring recipe. You don’t need anything fancy, a pot, some soil, a seed, water and a little love. This recipe takes the term Slow Food to a whole new level.  With any luck we will have a feast on the grill by July. 

Here’s our recipe – try it with your kids and see how much fun supporting the planet is and watching your seeds grow.


6 pots (Home Depot is selling eco-friendly ones this spring made from recycled plastic!) 
6 packages of organic seeds (tomatoes, beans, peppers, zucchini, cucumber, snap peas)
2 bags of organic potting soil

This can be done directly in your garden but I needed a moveable garden this summer so we went with pots on our deck. We got our hands dirty, dug some holes, planted the seeds added some water and now we wait. Oh the lesson of patience for a 3 year old. Planting your own garden is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and will help to give your children an understanding of where our vegetables / fruit come from. They may just eat a few extra at the same time.

I am also going to throw one more GIVE into this post today. I have my special BoomBoom cards with me to encourage our family to give and to pass along the give to friends and family. BoomBoom cards are Random Acts of Kindness cards do and then pass along to your family or friends so they can do it to. It’s all traceable on their site online so you can see your act of kindness travel around the world. This card reads “Plant a Seed” which we did complete today. I will be sending this BoomBoom Card to my sister and her kids in Toronto as planting season has not yet begun. I hope this will inspired everyone that receives the card to start their own sustainable garden.

Time Commitment: 1 hour  

Cost: $15.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)