Community Building

A member of my town’s Agricultural Committee asked me to attend a meeting at the high school to discuss building a greenhouse.  Since my classroom (in the next town over) has a greenhouse, they wanted to get some input from me.  I felt like a big-wig, meeting with the superintendent, principal, science teachers, head of pulic works, head of the rotary, town manager and other teachers.  I gave my input, talking about how the greenhouse and agriculture in general can be incoporated into biology and environmental science classes, as well as how adding a botany course might be a good idea.

I got to hear the plans, and it sounds wonderful! They’ve got grant money to build a 30×50 greenhouse, many local farmers are going to donate supplies, the science classes and life skills classes are going to get involved, and they’re going to collaborate with elementary schools and the middle school.  They’re also looking at using town land to create a student farm, where a club of students will grow vegetables to donate to the local food bank and will learn from local farmers who are willing to help out.  Many of our town’s farmers have already been involved in the planning process.  It made me really happy to live in a town where our agricultural roots are so valued, and I’m planning to volunteer to help as I can.  I’m excited that my future children will be able to be part of such a neat program when they’re in school!

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7 responses to “Community Building

  1. That really sounds like an awesome program. I love the fact that at least a percentage of schools are really trying to integrate gardening into their curriculum and find ways to encourage more interest in these area’s.

    Congratulations for having paved the way for this school. They wouldn’t have invited you unless they had heard your program is pretty great.

    Kind Regards
    Belinda

  2. Kudos to you, Ab, for being so involved in your community and volunteering your time and expertise! It’s kind of a family tradition, isn’t it? I’m so glad that you see the value of volunteerism for your community, too!

  3. That is really fantastic. I live in what was once a big farming town. Unfortunately that is completely ignored. Due to major budget shortfalls, they hardly have the money to teach them the three Rs adequately.

  4. Lubbock, TX, has a program that sounds similar to what you describe here. It is called GRUB and they take at-risk youth and teach them farming skills. It is associated with the local food back. Here’s the website in case you’d like to pass it on to higher powers. http://www.spfb.org/site/c.lgLQIVOyGpF/b.5546665/k.C138/GRUB.htm

    It is awesome to see such a back to the earth approach taking hold throughout the country. Best of luck with the program.

  5. Maria in CT

    Sounds like an absolutely awesome program.

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