Our family business was recently featured in our local paper – the Salem Times Register. The story was entitled “Seed-saving kids run own business.”
The editor of the paper, Meg Hibbert, also known as the Cookie Lady, has been a neighbor of ours at the Salem Farmers Market for the past month or so, and wrote a story about our effort to train our children through working together in the context of seeds and gardening.
The article begins “Lydia Matyas is only 9 years old, but she and her younger brothers and sisters already run their own business. They save and sell their own organic heirloom seeds, and buy others in bulk which they sort, label seed packets and fill orders for her family’s “Seeds for Generations.”
She briefly described our vision for integrated learning for our children.
“I’m a big believer in child labor,” said Jason, explaining that he started gardening alongside his parents when he was a toddler. He’s passing the same work ethic along to their children.
In addition to Lydia, the children are: Norabel, 7; Elijah, 6; Samuel, 4, Adeline, 3, and Levi, who just turned 1. The children are home-schooled. Reading gardening information. filling orders, making change, counting money, setting up the Seeds for Generations display at the market and talking with customers are all part of their lessons.”
I discussed the importance of teaching character through work, and how a family business provides context for training qualities such as diligence, attention to detail, perseverance, duty, and teamwork.
Last week, my 4 year old son Samuel came up to me and said, “Daddy, I want to pack some seeds so I can earn some money to buy a farm.”
I guess some of those lessons are sinking in already.
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