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Summary of the Farm In The City project for Summer 2008

Summary of the Farm In The City project for Summer 2008

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  • 1. Farm in the City 7 continents, 7 weeks
  • 2. Project Mission
    • To create a healthier community and a greener environment through urban gardening and environmental education.
  • 3. Goals
    • Increase students’ agricultural and environmental awareness on a local and global scale.
    • Create an engaged learning community in an academically stimulating experiential learning environment.
    • Increase opportunities for economically and academically disadvantaged youth.
    • Offer continuing education opportunities for adult learners in the Mankato/North Mankato area.
  • 4.  
  • 5. Faculty/community members involved
    • Raj- sociology/humanities instructor
    • Diann Marten- chemistry instructor
    • Lee Sutton- COMET/METNET regional scheduler/ ag advisor
    • Peter Johnson- computer careers instructor
    • Brad Schloesser- Agribusiness instructor
    • Jim Hanson- Culinary Arts instructor
    • Judy Genereux- Community member, SCC student
    • Dave and Carrie Rice- community members, New Country School, LeSeuer
    • Monde Schwartz- community member
    • Bonnie Stanton- MnVAC
    • We welcome new members and ideas!
  • 6. Target groups
    • Students ages 7 – 15 in region 9 and Faribault.
    • Community members with a need for or interest in a community garden
  • 7. Program: Summer Experiential Learning
    • 7 weeks with weekly cultural and geographic themes integrated into an academic and experiential curriculum. June 15 – July 31.
    • 5 teachers, 3 college student mentors
    • Pre- and after- creative care
    • Total 60 students per week
    • in 3 age ranges.
  • 8. Areas of Study: Summer Program
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Art/ Writing
    • Culinary Arts
    • Computers
    • Horticulture
  • 9. Program: Community Garden
    • To be established on SCC campus. Available to families in the area.
  • 10. Project Greenhouse
    • A greenhouse on campus will:
      • provide opportunities for adult continuing education
      • be used by ecology, biology, and agriculture classes
      • provide a place for school age children in an after school program.
  • 11. From Newsweek, Sept. 15, 2008:
    • Students exposed to a nature-based curriculum score higher than students taught out of a textbook.