Passionate educators and volunteers are leading the way for educational gardens in Goshen. [Check out these articles about: Bethany Christian Schools; Goshen Boys and Girls Club; Goshen Elementary Schools: Chandler and Waterford]. These gardens serve as outdoor classrooms, a link to the cafeteria, a place to try new things, and a food source for our community!
There are multiple ways to define an educational garden. In 2015, the USDA Farm to School Census recorded over 7,000 school gardens around the country. According to the USDA, “schools are growing gardens to provide food for child nutrition programs, connect children to the source of their food and create hands-on interdisciplinary classrooms.”
Communities are finding creative ways to make educational gardens work within their context and location. If your neighborhood, organization or institution is looking to design an educational garden, the following resources may help guide your efforts.
“USDA encourages school gardens by providing grant funding, guidance and resources, and support for food service personnel who are interested in purchasing products from a school garden.”
The National Farm to School Network is an advocacy group and informational hub for those interested in bringing local food and agriculture into the curriculum (and bellies) of students in K-12. October is National Farm to School month; visit the website to see how you can get join in the celebration!
The Lexicon of Sustainability is a crowd-sourced project that provides informational artworks and resources to encourage people of all ages explore the current conversation around sustainability and food.
Explore their infographic that summarizes five key principles of The Edible Schoolyard Project, formed by Alice Waters, a nationally-known chef and public policy advocate for farm to school. Visit their site to join the Edible Schoolyard Network, or find an edible schoolyard near you!