Gardens in schools.

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Gardens in schools.
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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 1:48pm

I'm so happy to see this growing trend. Of course, my kids "help" in the garden, then bring the food in to eat for dinner, but so many have no understanding of the connection.

NYC School Teams Up With Columbia University to Build a Rooftop Garden & Classroom

Although PS 84, a New York City elementary school on the Upper West Side, is just a few blocks from Central Park, its teachers and parents have long been frustrated by the students' lack of connection with the natural world. But over the last two years, the school has undergone something of a transformation. It now has three gardens, and is working towards its most ambitious project yet: a rooftop garden, which it is building with the help of graduate students at nearby Columbia University.

http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/columbia-students-build-green-roof-elementary-school.html

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 01-28-2012 - 4:45pm

Urban gardening is such a great way to change a community.

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Sat, 01-28-2012 - 4:56pm

I was watching a show on PBS today about rooftop gardening.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 3:05pm
k_roni wrote:

Urban gardening is such a great way to change a community.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 2:34pm

I THINK (but am not sure) that the local Methodist Church is sponsoring a local garden, primarily to funnel fresh veg off into the local food bank but also for schools to tour, participate in etc. Even university kids are participating.

Thing is, here in NW Ohio, most fo the kids are already farm kids so they aren't as divorced from the soil as more urban kids are.

The really big program near us is in Toledo, where the Toledo Botanical Garden is sponsoring ToledoGrows so "inner city" kids can not only learn to garden, but get fresh veg as well: http://www.toledogarden.org/content/toledogrows/

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 3:17pm
thatyank wrote:

The really big program near us is in Toledo, where the Toledo Botanical Garden is sponsoring ToledoGrows so "inner city" kids can not only learn to garden, but get fresh veg as well: http://www.toledogarden.org/content/toledogrows/


They should start doing that for kids who are sent to juvenile hall (do they still have that??) or made to do community service. Instead of scrubbing toilets, teach them something valuable and healthy! Huh, that might be my next brilliant idea! Now to find some land and some naughty kids. :smileyvery-happy:

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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 11:59pm
My oldest dgd school has a garden & they use the food in the school lunches. Oldest gd loves to come over to my house & help in my garden.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 12:43pm

The county jail

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 02-02-2012 - 12:53pm
k_roni wrote:

The county jail

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 02-03-2012 - 9:42am

They still have "juvie", I think, but if the news is any indication, most of the delinquent kids in Toledo are ebing tried as adults for some horrendous crimes --- home invasion, drive-by shootings, etc. Not someoe I would want on community service!

Of course, the news could be neglecting the lesser crimes (or maybe required to because of privacy things --- don't they conceal juevenile names from the press?)...