Check out this great news story about the gardening program here at our very own Salem High School! My kids have benefited time and again from Mr Marcoux’s classes and the many educational opportunities that he provides, and our district is truly supportive of garden based learning at every grade level. I’m feeling very fortunate to be part of our wonderful, creative community.
This video about Jules Derves and his family homestead is truly inspiring… imagine growing most of your own food on 1/5 of an acre in Los Angeles! They’re blessed with a year round growing season and appear to be great food preservers, along with sharing and selling their produce locally. We’re working on extending our season, which I believe has more possibility than we might think, especially when the weather is unseasonably warm. I should have planted another crop of lettuce six or eight weeks ago! Anyway, I hope that you enjoy this video and are as inspired as I was. Michele
When I posted the link to Pam Warhurst’s talk yesterday the Mass in Motion Coordinator for the city of Salem left me a message about his familiarity with (and I dare say enthusiasm for) the concept of her work. He also mentioned a program called the Edible Bus Stop so of course I immediately had to google it. Check out the great video that I found on their web site. You’ll love it!!
Good things are happening here!
Here’s a great post about garden-based learning from a blog in Texas that I started to follow recently. Here’s to many more garden experiences for children in 2013!
Excerpts from the Great American Campout website and American Academy of Pediatrics:
An “indoor childhood” hurts bodies & spirits.
Today’s kids are more likely to “tag” a friend on Facebook than outdoors in a game of “freeze tag.”
Kids today run from school to activities to sports w/ barely a minute to catch their breath. Loss of free time can contribute to stress, anxiety, & depression in children. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Studies show being outdoors is the perfect anecdote. Time in green spaces reduces children’s tension levels & enhances their social interactions, helping them to feel more connected to self and others.
This morning over coffee I read this link to a story about garden-based learning on Jamie Oliver’s website. It describes a school program in Morgantown, West Virginia and the work that’s being done to teach children experientially, using the garden. It sounds quite similar to the garden that I talked about here when I blogged about the Nathaniel Bowditch School in Salem last summer. Gardens are popping up in schools all over the country as we come to realize that our children need to learn, in a very hands on way, about where their food comes from, or perhaps I should say “where it should come from”. Many American children are growing up with the idea that food comes from a box at the grocery store. I recently sent some zucchini home with one of my kid’s friends and heard later that they had no idea what it was. It really made me think about what I could do to share home grown food with people. I’ve always liked to give vegetables and eggs away. Now I’m trying to give them to those who might not experience them often rather than to those whom I know will appreciate them. Even if someone looks at the zucchini on the counter for a few days wondering about how to cook it, then tosses it, at least there’s some thought about where it grew. Sorry, I’m digressing a bit, the point is, kids (and adults) really benefit from the hands on experience of planting, growing, harvesting and eating. Most kids don’t experience this at home for so many reasons so it needs to happen in school. Their health and the health of our planet depends on it. Check out the link if you have a few minutes, think about giving some veggies away freely, and consider supporting your local school’s garden.
Thank you for indulging me for a few minutes while I stood on my soapbox! Sometimes I just can’t help it 😉