Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Kids reap what they sow in gardens growing at Stanislaus County schools

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:00 PM
Original message
Kids reap what they sow in gardens growing at Stanislaus County schools


Kids reap what they sow in gardens growing at Stanislaus County schools
By Kerry McCray
kmccray@modbee.com


Lanae Grier, 10, is a whirlwind in the school garden.

She hands out shovels, plants zinnias, picks vegetables and pulls weeds. And she does it all after school, when other kids her age are apt to be at home in front of the computer or TV.

Lanae, a fifth-grader at Modesto's Eisenhut Elementary, doesn't mind pitching in to tend to the leafy cluster of raised beds made of recycled plastic that sit on the blacktop next to the school's parking lot. It's where she tried a radish for the first time.

snip...
At Eisenhut, children fill out employment applications to be part of the garden crew. They grow everything from bok choy to heirloom tomatoes. At Empire Elementary, students are planting salad greens in wheelbarrows.

At Walter White elementary in Ceres, kids planted mushrooms, which worked into a lesson on macro- and microorganisms.

"There's not a single subject I can't teach in that space," fourth-grade teacher Jill-Marie Purdy said of the school's garden.

Math? Kids calculate the square footage of their garden. Language arts? Students write stories and poems about their garden. History? Children study California in the context of our state's rich agricultural heritage.

Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2010/04/18/1132016/kids-reap-what...


Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:52 PM
Response to Original message
1. Cool!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 05:55 PM
Response to Original message
2. love this story, love this story, love this story.
It makes me so happy to read this.

Maybe I should log off DU before something else upsets me :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 06:29 PM
Response to Original message
3. That is EXACTLY what Alice Waters was talking about when she was on Bill Maher.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 07:54 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. Most of the elementary schools in the Los Angeles City School
System, during WWII, had victory gardens at select elementary schools that produced much of the vegetables eaten in the school cafeterias. One school would have the garden and other schools nearby would bus their students to work in the gardens.

Most of us enjoyed the field trip and working in our alloted spaces.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 08:06 PM
Response to Reply #4
5. An idea that should come back...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 09:01 PM
Response to Original message
6. My daughter is in her school's Garden Club
The leader is a retired teacher and she is amazing! She finds something for even the youngest student to do. AALette has a lot of fun in that club!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Oct 02nd 2014, 07:42 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC