Old McDonald is a classic song that has been enjoyed by children for ages. The variety of Old McDonald songs usually focus' on varieties of animals, but I am pretty sure that he and the Mrs. had a nice little garden growing in the backyard. Since African American "Old McDonald's" are slim, I decided to come up with something myself. In the process I was able to gain a little knowledge about African American farmers, which I found fascinating.
Eddie Cotton, 82, Hermanville,©Robin Nelson/ZUMA
Don't you love this picture? It reminds me of my granddaddy! Good memories. Check out more information about African American Farmers. Some resources that I have found are listed at the end of this post. Hey! Here is another idea! If you are in an area where a farm is not too far, grab a group and go visit! Great field trip for the kiddies (don't forget to send us pics!). Who knows what you may find!
-Joseph Schell Photography
Getting back to the labels...It's planting time, and I wanted to add a little flair in our "grow seeds in a plain cup and watch it grow" season. I also wanted to create a little something to celebrate African American farmers. Garden cup labels seemed to be the perfect fit for this project. Very simple to make.
You will need:
-A printer or a printing source (Kinkos, Library, etc...)
-Old McDonald's Garden Cup Label Printable
(Colored copy click here) (B&W copy click here)
-Plastic or Styrofoam cups (choose any size, but remember the bigger the cup the more soil you will need to fill it)
-Flower or vegetable seeds of your choice
-Plastic spoon or small garden shovel
-Crayons, markers, etc...
Step 1: Fill your cup with soil. Plant your seeds according to seed label directions. Water with a small amount of lukewarm water; just enough to get the soil moist.
Step 2: Cut a piece a saran wrap to size. Place over the cup and fasten with a rubber band. Do not take off until you see a sprout pop up through the soil.
Step 3: Print and cut out garden cup labels . Make sure that you do not cut off the "arms". Write what you are planting on the line provided. For extra durability, laminate printable or coat cutouts with a layer of Mod Podge.
Step 4: Tape the 'arms' around the cup, put in a warm place, and watch your plants grow!
Let us know how your garden in a cup is growing. Send us pics of your green thumbs at work. We want to praise n 'post your flow!