Category — Children
We’re creating an ebook that will bring soil to life for elementary school students, an interactive guide exploring the links between climate change and food systems, and a new resource focusing on water, power, and the environment.
By Zenobia Barlow
Cofounder & Executive Director
Center for Ecoliteracy
Excerpt from ‘Cultivating 20 Years of Ecoliteracy’:
The Center supported school gardens early, before becoming the first funder of the Edible Schoolyard (ESY) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley in 1996. “Their grant was the catalyst,” said ESY founder Alice Waters.
“The Center sees a very big picture, and has understood deeply what we are trying to do.” The Center offered teacher training at King for a decade.
That engagement set the pattern for later garden projects, especially the emphasis on integrating experiences in gardens, cooking classes, and cafeterias with classroom learning. The Center provided release time and teacher consultation, created and reviewed curricula, and illustrated ways to address academic standards through garden-based learning.
December 6, 2015 Comments Off on Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley – 20 years old
Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens
Our spinach, lettuce, cilantro, and parsley are all protected from the elements to ensure they are ready to harvest in March.
Fresh Roots Newsletter
Excerpt from Fresh Roots Newsletter:
This past month, Fresh Roots attended the Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Montreal. What an incredible adventure! Over 450 people from across the country who are engaged in helping bring delicious, healthy, local food to the plates and minds of students. Fresh Roots was asked to speak about our innovative and inspiring collaboration with the Vancouver School Board, what we’ve learned, and what we’re excited to grow into the future.
December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens
By Emma Biggs And Steven Biggs
Illustrated by Emma Biggs
My daughter, Emma, sowed the seed for this book.
I remember the day clearly. I watched her playing at her pretend kitchen, arranging small plates, utensils, and cups in the cupboards.
In this kitchen, she loved to “cook” treats for everyone. The main ingredient in her imaginary recipes was little bits of paper. We would often find Emma with paper and scissors. “What are you doing?” my wife, Shelley, and I asked. “Making treats,” she always answered, matter-of-factly, as bits of paper flew everywhere.
November 27, 2015 Comments Off on Grow Gardeners: Kid-Tested Gardening with Children
Forthcoming August, 2016
By Illène Pevec, Ph.D.
New Village Press
Forthcoming 09 August 2016
Part engaging conversation, part comprehensive fieldwork, Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential educational and community gardening programs can be for young teens. Follow author Illène Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner city New York, agrarian New Mexico to Oakland, California, in order to study youth gardening and the benefits it contributes to at-risk teen lives. Extensive research, supplemented by beautifully candid interviews with students, illustrate the life altering physical and mental benefits that mentored gardening programs can provide.
November 26, 2015 Comments Off on Growing a Life – Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy
In 2014 we enrolled around 160 low-income youth in our camps.
By Sarah Small
Oct 26, 2015
Amani Ali (AA): At Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project, we provide life-changing access to fresh and healthy foods in the under-served community of East Oakland, CA. We introduce low-income youth and their families to farm-to-table concepts by teaching them to plan, plant, harvest, cook, and sell fresh organic produce. Our youth participants joyfully connect with the soil and increase their awareness of sustainable farming, healthy eating, and environmental stewardship.
November 1, 2015 Comments Off on Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project in Oakland, California
The Community School garden teaches students science, technology and life skills. It also helps provide Madisonville with fresh produce thanks to its twice-weekly market.
By Jenny Burman,
Sep 17, 2015
CINCINNATI — The eggs were sold out early Saturday at Lighthouse Community School’s twice-weekly market.
But the market was full of many other things: organic kale, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, cabbage, collards, turnips, cucumbers and radishes. You also could have purchased chicken coops, outdoor benches and tomato cages.
September 25, 2015 Comments Off on Farming gives Madisonville students a chance to grow skills
A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.
Excerpt from their website:
School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative
“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs.”
By Mark O’Neill
Media and Strategic Communications Director
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
July 29, 2015
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture Foundation is gearing up for the start of its new “Ag on the Go” program, which targets students attending inner city schools in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and York during the 2015-2016 school year.
“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert, who serves as chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “A huge benefit of the new program is that it can be especially helpful to school districts struggling with tight budgets.”
August 5, 2015 Comments Off on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Announces Support for New “Ag on the Go” Program
A guide to Vermicomposting ~ 2nd edition
By Larraine Roulston
The book’s sequel, ‘Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting’ has Pee Wee describing an amazing adventure from a classroom worm bin to a backyard composter. Instructions are included on how to care for worms and harvest their castings.
July 15, 2015 Comments Off on Pee Wee’s Great Adventure
Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library
By Bonnie Worth (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
Random House Books for Young Readers
March 27, 2001
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
“The children learn how to grow, harvest, craft and sell their food and they also learn about nutrition.”
Currently, EarthBites is partnering with five schools in Vancouver: Trafalgar Elementary School, Kitchener Elementary School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, Laurier Elementary School & Quilchena Elementary School.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC
As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.
By Peter Brown (Author)
Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.
While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: ‘The Curious Garden’
His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”
Ruth Krauss (Author), Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…
July 9, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: The Carrot Seed – 1945
The author has published over 300 children’s titles
By Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
HarperCollins (March 1, 2011)
Little Critter® and his family plant some vegetables. After lots of watering, weeding, and waiting, they enjoy a delicious meal—all from their green, green garden.
Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.
July 5, 2015 Comments Off on Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden
But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden –
By Sarah Stewart (Author), David Small (Illustrator)
Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows.
But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile.
July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: The Gardener – 1997