Big Ideas

If your vision is for one year, plant rice.
If your vision is for 10 years, plant trees.
But if your vision is for 100 years, educate children.
- proverb

School as the hub of the community. This is a critical re-visioning of the role of the public school in the community – in an era where services available to those who can pay are drawing resources away from the public sector. No longer can schools remain isolated from the communities they serve – increasingly, they must meet a host of community needs including adult education, health and social services. We believe that school community gardens exemplify all that is good about re-imagining schools in this role – with the potential to draw in newcomer parents and to engage all ages in a life-affirming activity that reaches across all barriers – everyone’s got to eat! We love it that school food is of increasing importance to policy-makers, because hungry kids cannot learn. Yet, if food is simply delivered, children aren’t getting the whole story, and having their own stake in the process. The way people learn is by doing, so for us, food literacy and environmental literacy meet in the garden.

Visit The Story of Food/The Language of Gardening for some thoughts on the big picture, and then theĀ Benefits of the School Community Food Garden for more detail.