the harvest moon looms big and bright in the sky and a chill enters the air,
it is time in North America to harvest the last of the crops. On different
days in Canada and United States, people hold harvest festivals to give
thanks for what we have.
Agriculture and the process of harvesting crops have changed greatly over
the years. In the past, food was grown locally, and a community’s survival
often depended on the size of its harvest. Each person in a community was
needed to help bring in the food by hand, right down to the children who
gathered up any last bits of grain that had been left behind by the adult
With modern developments in technology and transportation, fewer people are
needed to grow much greater amounts of food. Better yet, food can now be
grown and harvested all year round and then packaged and stored to keep
fresh for a long time. Best of all, countries can provide food to one
another so that a bad local harvest no longer means that a community will
Even though fewer of us are involved in the actual growing and harvesting of
crops anymore, people still take the time to stop and gather together for
harvest festivals. At these times we give thanks for the food we collect
from the earth and the work we and other people have put into cultivating,
preparing, and serving this food.
The Science of Sauerkraut
Learn about preserving cabbage by making sauerkraut. What is
this preservation all about?
Fall Apply Glyph
A fun fall glyph activity that will represent how the child feels about
products harvested in fall.
Animal harvest too! Give you child another perspective on harvesting by
sharing this delightful book and activity.
A Corn Husk Doll
Share some history with your child and make your own corn husk dolls.