“A parent and teacher in the South Bronx, Ritz has noticed his students getting larger and more sickly over the years, not to mention the fact that they’re parsing fewer options for earning a living. So Ritz began working with his students to grow “indoor edible walls,” beautiful living murals, full of greenery. Not only does food from the walls get served in the school cafeteria as well as in local shelters — creating the walls has become a full-scale business for Ritz’s students. The project has snowballed into designing an office wall in Boston, building green roofs in South Hampton, making gardens for 100 other New York City schools and even installing a large wall in Rockefeller Center.”
So, how do we get more projects like this in schools? They are perfect for challenge/problem/project based learning and they teach kids better ways of interacting with the world around them. I would like to do some of these at home and in my classroom. http://www.plantsonwalls.com/default.asp And ordered a small one today.
But people do things in unorganized fashions all the time. I informally taught the kids in my neighborhood about the chickens and the garden I planted. After reading Erin’s post the other day about day camps I am thinking of having a little neighborhood kid’s garden next summer. The kids can help build a frame, build the sheet mulch, plant the seeds or starts, and tend the garden. We could even have a little vegetable stand and the kids could split the proceeds at the end of the season.
What do you do to influence the next generation, outside of your immediate family?