Category — Children
Ask Peter Burke, principal of Daylesford Primary School, to talk about the benefits of the school’s kitchen garden program and he’s stuck for words. There are so many, he says, he doesn’t know where to start.
By Necia Wilden
November 09, 2013
“In a garden there is nature, science, maths and vocabulary; in a kitchen it’s the same. It crosses over into so many areas of the curriculum,” Burke says.
“Social confidence, hands-on learning, gaining a real understanding of issues of sustainability and recycling … ”
Once a week, students from Years 3-6 spend an hour in the regional Victorian school’s kitchen garden, learning how to grow things.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
Please make sure your district is counted by accessing the USDA Farm to School Census results online. USDA will be accepting additional submissions to the Census through November 30, 2013
By Deborah Kane,
National Director, USDA Farm to School Program
November 5, 2013
They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.
FoodCorps is a national service organization that places emerging leaders in schools across the country to teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.
November 11, 2013 Comments Off
The Program established a total of 374 gardens — 188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens — in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia.
By Peter Jensen
USAID – Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance
Overview of the Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children
The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children (UGP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was implemented in? six regions across Ethiopia. Phase I of UGP (2005–2008) established urban gardens in schools and on public land in many cities throughout Ethiopia. Phase II of the program (2009–2012) targeted the regions’ most vulnerable women and children, providing structured urban agricultural activities to strengthen food and livelihood insecurity and promoting linkages between HIV-affected communities and health services and facilities.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
Paideia School: The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program
By Anne Dukes
Nov 4, 2013
The spirit of “Old MacDonald” is alive and well at Paideia School in Midtown as students from all grade levels participate in the Urban Agriculture Program. With a little help from their teachers, each other and the community, students grow crops, compost food scraps, raise chickens, sample home grown vegetables and share their bounty with local organizations which feed the hungry.
The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program. In all, 28 different types of food were produced, including sweet potatoes, kale, snap peas, carrots, strawberries and poultry.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
2013 Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest welcomes 24 children
By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Oct 31, 2013
The White House – First Lady Michelle Obama late on Wednesday afternoon welcomed 24 children invited from elementary schools in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a harvest party in her Kitchen Garden. Special guests of honor were Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, who monitored the action from atop bales of hay placed behind a bed of broccoli.
Muppets in the garden are a first for the Mrs. Obama. The furry creatures are the newest members of the Let’s Move! family, thanks to a new produce marketing collaboration the First Lady announced before hitting the crop rows to work.
November 4, 2013 Comments Off
New York University’s Urban Farm Lab Project, a joint venture between the NYU Food Studies Program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Silver Towers Tenant Association (STTA)
By Eileen Reynolds
New York University
At noon on September 26, NYU faculty and students and a gaggle of community preschoolers gathered at the Urban Farm Lab’s first-ever harvest celebration to feast on that bounty.
Would-be pickers, tentative at first, wandered among the vegetables and herbs that flourish in neat rows on the sloping plot nestled between the Silver Towers and Houston Street’s six lanes of roaring traffic. Finally, after several friendly exhortations by Professor Jennifer Schiff Berg, director of the Steinhardt Graduate Food Studies Program, and Professor Amy Bentley, associate professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at Steinhardt to “please, grab a bag and fill it!” the guests got down to business.
October 12, 2013 Comments Off
By Jin, Jang · Choong-Hyeon, Oh
Dongguk University Ecosystem Service Institute
The city of Seoul has been promoting School gardening – cooperating with both Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education(since 2012) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation(since 2013)
This effort was carried out based on a plan to support and develop the Urban Agriculture Act (The Duty of State and Local Government) and The Seoul Plan for Agriculture and School Gardening.
September 29, 2013 Comments Off
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
de zeen magazine
June 28, 2013
A knot-shaped rooftop will be used as a vegetable garden at this kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects that’s under construction in Dong Nai, Vietnam.
Set to complete later this year, the Farming Kindergarten is designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects as a prototype for sustainable school design, where children can learn how to grow their own food.
September 7, 2013 Comments Off
‘Let’s Make it! So Good!’ – A web series all about cooking and sustainable food production
By Sophia Dagher
Excerpt from their website:
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get ready for the craziest cooking craze the world has ever seen! Learn all about cooking, food production and nutrition, everything from raising chickens to cooking your own birthday cake. Keep your eyes peeled for fun new webisodes, recipes and workshops!
July 18, 2013 Comments Off
‘Die Gartenfibel für Kinder Und Mütter’ By Beate Hahn
Publisher: Rascher & Co.
Publication Date: 1935
Forward (Translated from German by Peter Sickert.)
The deep conviction that child and nature are inextricably tied to each other has led me to write The Garden Primer.
In order to maintain this lifelong love (affinity) to nature in children, it is not enough that the young child moves through or plays in a garden, but that every child should experience (the) “earth”, it (the child) must handle and learn to understand earth and what a blessing emanates from its miraculous power.
The child must not only learn how a plant grows and how it processes its nutrition, but also to see (understand) if the plant is hungry or whether it is thirsty.
July 6, 2013 Comments Off
Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes
By Beatrix Potter
Author of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, etc.
Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd. 1922
We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.
June 28, 2013 Comments Off
Each scholarship for the week-long educational camp costs $300.
By Tay Wiles
April 9, 2013
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.
June 26, 2013 Comments Off
Chefs for Urban Agriculture to pilot Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program in Kelowna, BC elementary schools
May 1, 2013
The Vancouver-based program has been running since 2005 and works with more than 100 volunteers in 34 different schools in the Lower Mainland, Comox Valley, and Kelowna. “We are thrilled to expand the program to Kelowna,” Kelowna chef community and the Kelowna school administration.”says Helen Stortini, Executive Director of Growing Chefs! “It is such a great opportunity for us to grow and we are overjoyed with the enthusiasm and support from the Chef Donnie Ungaro volunteered with the Growing Chefs! program in Vancouver in 2010.
June 19, 2013 Comments Off
Garden built in just four days, June 1-4, 2013
Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society in partnership with VanCity, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver School Board has built two schoolyard market gardens.
Background via VanCity Credit Union:
The story of Fresh Roots is, fittingly, a story of growth. What started as a single backyard urban farm quickly became eight backyard farms, as well as a half-acre farm in Richmond, which supplies weekly food boxes to families and residents in East Vancouver, and is the home base for Fresh Roots’ young-farmer training program. The farm in Richmond also facilitates the growth of women farming entrepreneurs.
June 7, 2013 Comments Off
As American waistlines widen, some schools launch gardening programmes to encourage children to develop healthy habits.
By Leigh Paterson
11 Feb 2013 11:59
Small children walk in a line past tidy rows of kale, bok choy, and carrots. Others sit around small picnic tables waiting for garden class to begin. Nearby is a chicken coop and herb garden. Amy Zellweger, a teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, oversees it all. She hopes what these students see and learn in their schoolyard garden will translate to healthier habits down the road. “You’re giving them information about the choices that they make,” she says. “So maybe the next time they want a snack, they reach for an apple instead of a bag of hot chips.”
June 3, 2013 Comments Off