Monday, April 18, 2011

The Edible Schoolyard

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011 

Hi Everyone, Happy Monday Morning, it's a fairly nice day here in Vancouver B.C.  some blue sky with fluffy white clouds. This week is a really wonderful week, we have Good Friday, Easter and Earth Day

Angel came up with something last night she said we can call Friday,  "Good Earth Day"  I thought that was very Cool!

So we can Say "Happy Good Earth Day" To everyone on Friday. 

So I would like to ask you to do me a big favor and read my  post before this Change the Education System and watch the video  "RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms"

And then read this post as well.

Please all the Canadian Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers, Guardians, Teachers and anyone involved in the Education System out there, consider carefully if the government you are about to elect would even consider implementing such important strategies. 

I truly believe "It's time". We need to tell them what we want, and get them to promise to do it.

The experts say we have all the solutions, we just need to apply them "collectively!" What's your point of view?

The Garden 

The Edible Schoolyard garden is a thriving acre of land on school grounds that serves as an interactive garden classroom for students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California.

In the spring of 1995, an abandoned lot adjacent to the school was designated as the garden site. Landscape architects, chefs, gardeners, and teachers were invited to share their vision of a garden where students would participate in hands-on learning. 12 years later, the acre of land is lush with seasonal vegetables, herbs, vines, berries, flowers, and fruit trees.

King Middle School teachers and the garden staff work together to link garden experiences with students’ science lessons for truly integrated experiential learning.

 The garden is carefully planned to grow a wide variety of seasonal produce that favors the Bay Area climate; it shifts and changes from season to season, as we seed, grow, harvest, and rotate crops with new groups of students each year.

Students harvest and prepare produce as part of their garden and kitchen classes. However, produce grown in the garden is not used for school lunch.

Learn more about the impact of this program and its connection to school lunch reform at the Chez Panisse Foundation website.

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