Category — Education
A Brisbane primary school is achieving improved learning outcomes, after turning classrooms into a kitchen and creating an extensive vegetable garden.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at Ashgrove State School
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) program is a dynamic curriculum program for children in year 3 to year 7. The program instills in children the values of growing their own produce and utilising this produce to cook healthy delicious meals. Children learn many valuable life skills through their participation in the program.
March 11, 2014 No Comments
Agricultura Urbana y Periurbana como herramienta para la seguridad alimentaria y el desarrollo municipal
Inicio y término del curso: Desde el 7 de Abril hasta el 29 de Junio 2014
El curso aporta toda la experiencia acumulada en la FAO para la formación de capacidades al interior de las instituciones públicas para la formulación y ejecución de programas integrales de agricultura urbana y periurbana y seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en los municipios de la región.
March 9, 2014 No Comments
Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.
By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014
There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.
Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.
February 26, 2014 No Comments
Urban farm acts as a tool for growth
By Anika Rice
Jan 23, 2014
My involvement in the garden last semester was transformative. I realized I have the ability to grow things on my own and become more self-sufficient, even in an urban area. I was inspired right away and acquired a few planters and seedlings for my small Berkeley balcony. Eating salad greens and herbs I personally cultivate (after battling some squirrels) is incredibly rewarding — and delicious! It is empowering to reduce my reliance on grocery stores and vegetables that have traveled hundreds of miles before reaching my dinner plate.
February 22, 2014 Comments Off
Milwaukee Public School system will expand its aquaponics program after receiving a grant of $98,000 from AT&T
“Technology (will) be the driving force of our new economy and we know that STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is really vital to preparing the next generation of workers.”
By Natalie Wickman
Neighborhood New Service Milwaukee
January 31, 2014
Rochelle Sandrin, an aquaponics sustainability teacher at Bradley Tech, said her class is based on hands-on and project work, which students often find more exciting than a traditional science class.
“(Student spend) time learning about food needs and food deserts and how that can impact health and lifestyle,” Sandrin said. “Then we learn about urban agriculture, urban farming and the components of aquaponics before students construct and run their own (aquaponics) systems.”
February 10, 2014 Comments Off
In all, the school already sells about $120,000 in fish per year.
By Mathew Katz
DNA Info New York
January 29, 2014
A manmade river flows under Food and Finance High School, where more than 10,000 tilapia swim against the current just like they would in the wild.
The school’s basement is home to Cornell University scientist Philson Warner’s aquaculture lab, where he and public high school students raise enough fish to feed an army.
The tilapia — housed in 10 circular tubs containing about 1,000 fish each — swim in wide circles day and night in water that flows at between 75 to 150 gallons per minute.
February 6, 2014 Comments Off
Columbia University students can volunteer at a garden on West 120th Street or on an upstate farm, for example, and the Fordham Lincoln Center campus plans to start a farm near one of its dormitories next fall.
By Eleanor J. Bader
AM New York
Jan 26, 2014
“New York City is the epicenter for urban agricultural innovation,” says Nevin Cohen, assistant professor of environmental studies at The New School. “There’s a lot of excitement around food issues and eating locally grown, in-season, organic produce.”
Not surprisingly, City College students are getting into the act and growing everything from herbs to kale and berries. For some, farming is tied to a course; for others, it’s wholly a volunteer experience, providing a hands-on education in nutrition, food production and management.
January 27, 2014 Comments Off
“Our country is an agricultural country and must always remain at least partly so, if we are to prosper as a nation.”
By George L. Hensley A. B.
Master of Letters
Kansas State Teacher’s College
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Agriculture, an aid to self-realization
Many contributory reasons for the introduction of agriculture into our urban schools can be given. It has a wide range of interests common to children. It satisfies the natural desires of the child for the active, the concrete and the personal. by pitting one child against another and both against the forces of nature. If affords him the opportunities for emulation which he craves.
The following concrete summary of reasons for the introduction of agriculture was culled from the writings of W.R. Hart of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, G. F. Warren of the New York State College of Agriculture and W. H. French of the Michigan Agricultural College.
January 25, 2014 Comments Off
This international home food production group will assist in sharing practical lessons, materials and methods that work
Welcome to the international home food production group. This group will find ways to support and promote home food production which might include, but not limited to, a mixture of home gardening, orchards, small livestock production, apiculture and aquaculture. This support is specifically about food production for home use, or non-market, food production and processing, and possible income generation from sales of surplus.
January 15, 2014 Comments Off
In order to help students develop their skills and capacity to address global problems, specifically those related to the current global food crisis and climate change, an urban agriculture course series has been developed as part of the elective offerings of The Chang School’s Certificate in Food Security. The series will consist of four courses and students who complete them will receive official acknowledgement from the University of having achieved completion.
Required Courses (all available via distance education)
CVFN 410 Food Security: Understanding Urban Agriculture
CVFN 411 Food Security: Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
CVFN 412 Food Security: Urban Agriculture Types
CVFN 413 Food Security: Urban Agriculture Policy-Making
January 6, 2014 Comments Off
Every one of the 31 schools in the Delta school district will have a garden, urban agriculture instalment, or a full-blown mini-farm by the end of the school year in June
By Randy Shore
Dec 30, 2013
The district is providing $2,500 a month to fund Project Pickle, but a search is underway for corporate sponsors to take the financial pressure off the district, said Turner.
“As it grows, we will have to find ways to pay for it,” she said. “We haven’t got there yet, but it’s growing so fast.”
January 5, 2014 Comments Off
Miniature farms as much fun as miniature golf
Berkeley Daily Gazette
Oct 1, 1930
A pleasant story of harvest season comes to us from New York City’s lower east side. The farmer’s were small boys. Their farms were six-by-four garden plots in a city park. They farmed under the protection and guidance of the Educational Alliance.
The crops, harvested recently, consisted of peanuts, tobacco and corn. The big idea had been to teach those small boys what those particular plants looked like as they grew. It’s a big jump from goobers in the ground to a bag of salted peanuts, or from tobacco leaf or a tender ear of corn in its green sheath and with its silky tassel to the usual products of these plants seen by city children.
January 3, 2014 Comments Off
A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy materials (culvert and shade cloth), plywood lids, worms, and a trommel screen sifter to complete a production farm to supply and sell compost worms.
By Rick Kaye, Founder
The Compost Club
Dec 26, 2013
Our nonprofit, The Compost Club, has been introducing school and business wide vermicompost systems in Sonoma County, California since 2003. More than 15 sites participate in our program, which now diverts 44,000 lbs. of food scraps from the landfill each year. We have an excellent track record diverting organic waste and educating others about alternatives for handling waste.
December 31, 2013 Comments Off
‘Lettuce Grow’ project for young people and communities – introducing them to growing Kitchen Gardens
Society for International (SIE) runs the iEARN Pakistan Centre in Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad focusing educational development and capacity building of K-12 students, teachers and youth in general
Dec 12, 2013
Excerpted from the Facebook page:
“I am extremely excited to start a kitchen garden at a school in my community,” says a YES alumna during the Lettuce Grow Training Program.
Twenty YES Alumni and Access teachers enthusiastically participated in the Lettuce Grow project today on December 12, 2013 at the iEARN Center, Karachi. The day was packed with an interactive session on container gardening and hands on experience of growing vegetables and fruits easily.
December 23, 2013 Comments Off
Colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards
The Associated Press
Minnesota School Gardens
Developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program – Fall 2013
272 pages – free guide is available online
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting gardens with their students.
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom has published a guide for school gardens. The colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.
The state agriculture department, which helped develop the guide, says it’s bursting with delicious ideas to build connections between the classroom, the school garden and the cafeteria.
December 17, 2013 Comments Off