sustainable schoolyard seattle Growing a Healthy Future 17 Sustainable Schoolyard Seattle will enhance students’ awareness and appreciation of health, nutrition and community by teaching children to grow, prepare, share, and eat nourishing food. This non profit will enhance students local and regional environmental awareness. It will give them an understanding of responsible stewardship. What does that mean in this case? One example is to have SandPoint Elementary keep some of their natural resources on-site by harvesting rainwater to support native plantings and treating storm water runoff in rain gardens.
Growing a healthy future for people and the planet, one school garden at a time 18Our vision is growing ---
Our goal is... Education 19Seattle actually has less rain than a lot of other major US cities.Did you know in just one teaspoon of soil, there are as many bacteria as there are people on the planet, somewhere in the neighborhood of five billion bacteria!Our goal is education
Our goal is... Health 21Growing Health Health education Nutrition education Providing organic produce to students, their families, and their community Teaching basic food preparation skills and last but not least Reducing summer hunger
Our goal is... Community 22Nurturing Community Community building - garden events Volunteer opportunities Partnerships – businesses, non-profits, families Fundraising and outreach - community supported agriculture (CSA) program and farmers markets. Wouldn’t that be neat if the students could sell some of their produce at the local farmer’s market?!! Service - donations to food banks and charitable food organizations
Our goal is... Community 23 Volunteer opportunities Partnerships – businesses, non-profits, families Fundraising and outreach - community supported agriculture (CSA) program and farmers markets. Wouldn’t that be neat if the students could sell some of their produce at the local farmer’s market?!! Service - donations to food banks and charitable food organizations
Sand Point Elementary Social Responsibility, Global Perspective & Academic Excellence ...ThatÜs 4000 square feet of garden area! 24Here is a diagram showing how a school garden program might work at SandPt Elem.- The program can affect many different areas of the school.- Children can learn about water run off on property and how to make a rain garden- The children learn to take care of garden supplies. They could even keep an inventory ofsupplies.- They put on their own garden gloves and learn the difference between right and left.- Children can learn about food preparation- After getting involved in the garden planting they will probably enjoy learning more aboutnutrition- The raised bed for Sandpt could be as large as 4000 sq feet of garden area.
Rain Garden Native Plantings Keep the water on-site. 25Rain gardens can demonstrate to the children and their parents the value of stewardship.Even in a city you can make a difference.So here is how a rain garden works...(Julie goes in to detail)
Environmental Education Cultivating Education earthworms keep soil loose and fertile, which makes it easy for plants to grow. 26Cultivating Education Integrated curriculum that meets state educational standards and academic expectations of school Hands-on, experiential, environmental education for students Training and support for teachers Curriculum materials and tools for the garden and classroom -
Raised beds 27Here is an example of a raised bed. This is probably the most efficient way to set up andteach children about gardening.
or large container pots 28but you could also do large container pots
School entrance, side yard or playground Let the kids get their hands dirty! 29The location of the garden is pretty ﬂexible. It could be very visible at the school entrance orin a side yard or the play ground. Let the kids get their hands dirty and have fun.
gloves keep the hands clean and they learn which hand to put the glove on! 30Here the kids are wearing gloves, which keeps their hands relatively clean
Next Steps Form non-proﬁt 501(c)3 organization. Secure grant funding for: Garden design and installation Garden tools Classroom tools Teacher training Lead gardener for each school 31 The next steps are to form a Form non-profit 501(c)3 organization Secure grant funding for: Garden design and installation Garden tools Classroom tools Teacher training Lead gardener for each school
Funding: Seattle Foundation, Bullit Foundation, others Curriculum: WSU-King County Extension CHANGE (Cultivating Health and Nutrition through Garden Education) http://king.wsu.edu/nutrition/CHANGEintheschools.html Supplemental Curriculum: Life Lab resources 32Here is a list of some of our possible resources
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