Garden Guru to the Little Guys

sara mossman kids' garden!

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.

this week in san francisco!

Birthdays at Cal Academy
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 reservations@calacademy.org. Adults, free; children, $75 (minimum, ten children/maximum, twenty).

Sprout Stage at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
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.

Explore Nature
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

San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr
bt S Delaware St & Franklin Pkwy W
San Mateo, CA 94403
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
Crissy Field Center
1199 E Beach
@ Marina Gate Presidio entrance
San Francisco, CA 94123