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Summary of the Farm In The City project for Summer 2008

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