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“All Plant Parts” camp in San Francisco

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A mosaic made by teachers, students and staff at Sanchez Elementary School.

Each scholarship for the week-long educational camp costs $300.

By Tay Wiles
Mission Local
April 9, 2013

Excerpt:

The camp takes place at Sanchez Elementary School in the Mission and is based on a curriculum created by Gill and Melanie Pepper of Education Outside, a local organization that partners with San Francisco schools to create urban gardens and environmental curricula. Over the course of this academic year, Melanie Pepper has worked with students at Sanchez to maintain a vegetable garden at the school.

At about 100 by 20 feet, the garden is a great resource, she said, but during the year there is only enough time and space to give each student a small sample of the food it produces. The summer camp is an opportunity for students to spend more time outside and receive more individual attention. The two previous camps have each had 12 students.

“It’s a small-scale camp. Having the smaller ratio means that students get a lot out of it,” Pepper said. “I’m super excited. It will be fun to meet different personalities in the garden.”

During the camp, kids learn about soil and the parts of plants, and gain culinary skills. Organizers hope the camp will help combat child obesity and bolster student nutrition.

Read the complete article here.