A young designer uses creativity to help children become more educated about their food.
As the problem of food deserts and childhood obesity continue to grow, designers across the globe are creating solutions that educate young children about nutrition and the food system.
Thanks to a tip from a friend and fellow designer, I came across this delightful design by Ruth Vatcher. A product and interior designer, Ruth has created an educational tool for children to learn about growing vegetables and herbs. Eat, Play, Grow provides a simple solution that would look great in almost any home.
The growing table encourages children to be educated in how to grow their own food by a subtle addition to a simple table. The concept of the table is that the trough at the back of the table allows the children to grow food in a water tight container. They can then use the watering pot as a tool to sustain the produce. Additionally, the felt provides storage of necessary tools beneath the table. It is a simple and effective means of storing suitable tools such as packs of seeds or trowels. There is also a chopping board on the table which provides a means of preparation of the food for the children.
Ruth's design process relied on user research with children ages 7-13 and workshops in primary schools. Her final design incorporates growing, prepping and eating into one object. Saving space and providing a direct link between the stages of the food system, the table is made from oak wood, charcoal felt and ceramics.
Ruth Vatcher's design starts in the home and provides an important lesson through subtle means. Ruth's designs aren't only for kids, she's also designed a unique bento box (pictured above) for both growing and enjoying food in the workplace.
Learn more about Eat, Grow, Work here.