Plant A Garden With Me

by John Riggio

With modern life comes many modern conveniences like plumbing, electricity, and grocery stores. And while these are wonderful things, the past year has taught us that it might not be such a bad thing to learn some skills that people had before those modern conveniences showed up, like learning to garden. A show of hands: How many of you have been to the grocery store only to find certain items are sold out? Wouldn't it be nice if you could grow some of those items yourself? Even a modicum of self-sufficiency is a good thing, especially in these times. "Plant A Garden With Me" is a song that speaks to those issues, and more specifically, growing your own food.

The song says, "You can plant right where you are using what you have." If you're a city dweller, you might not think that's possible, but there are videos out there that describe how to grow food, even in an apartment. And while you're probably not going to be able to replace your local grocery store entirely, there are certainly things you can grow. Do an Internet search to see what kind of foods you can grow right where you are.

In performance (if you're able to have one), students could dress in jeans or overalls, maybe with a little dirt or mud on them. Pretty much anything a gardener/farmer might wear would work, like a hat, a bandana, etc. For props, have some "tools" (fake for safety), or containers like baskets with fruits and vegetables, even flowers inside. These could also be artificial, or if you're lucky, real.

(Note: This song includes sign language.)

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.