Education in community gardens

WHAT IS A GARDEN?

Description and Objectives:

A course of six weeks that will help students

  • Have students create a journal relating to the course to illustrate thoughts and themes presented throughout the six weeks in order to creatively comprehend and visualize the material.
  • Explore gardening through art making
  • Learn about garden design through activities
  • Gain further understanding of bug ecology through exploration and creative writing
  • Learn about planting and maintaining a living environment through terrariums
  • Learn basic nutrition and relationship between diet and long-term health benefits
  • Make healthy snacks and recording recipes for future reference and options for healthier food habits.
  • Allow students to gain design, visualization, and construction skills

This is an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students about food gardens, nutrition, self-expression and critical thinking.

Outcomes:

The students will be able to produce artistic work that represents the school within the community garden. With these lessons, the students will be able to gain a better understanding of the garden and their role within the community. It is important to know what the students’ visions are for what a garden should look like. Based on the work the students produce, the ideas of the students will be implemented into the community gardens.

Timeline: 6, one-hour sessions

WEEK 1

What is in a garden?

Icebreaker: name game, students select a fruit/vegetable to say before their name.

Theme of “what is a garden” to get students to think about different types of gardens and introduce them to a food garden. Ask students to give examples of gardens in their neighborhood and on their way to school in order to visualize different gardens.

How do gardens serve communities?

Activity

-Make Journals out of paper.

-Trip to Garfield Park Conservatory.

Assignment

“Pay attention to plants that grow in gardens in your area? Sketch one or two for next week”

WEEK 2

What is in a garden?

Theme: Planning a garden, elements of a garden.

Activity:

Create a group/community garden, students in groups of three to four depending on class size with the idea in mind that this garden should be able to feed multiple people and their families. The garden will be designed and designing hypothetically with paper, cut outs, stamps, etc.

Note: List individually in their journals what they would like in their garden before the project begins.

WEEK 3

What is in a garden?

Theme: Talk of bugs and soil, the relationship between these organisms. Introduce the ecology of the bugs and the food garden, what the bug eats, etc.

Activity: Look at bugs in the garden, draw a bug in journals.

Make up a story/poetry/whatever comes naturally relating to bugs.

Present their stories to the class.

WEEK 4

What is in a garden?

Theme: How to plant a garden? What makes a vegetable a vegetable and a fruit a fruit? The life of plants.

Activity: Find the seeds in fruit activity.

Note: We will provide different produce, and relate it to the life of plants and vegetables/fruits

Terrarium making:

Talk about plant care, what do they need, how terrariums work, relate it to the garden.

Terrarium example

WEEK 5

What is in a garden?

Introduction to nutrition, why are green things good for you?

The effects of eating healthy on your body, relating to long-term health?

Diabetes awareness?

-Guest speaker on the topic of health.

WEEK 6

Wrap up day, Healthy snacks day, outside activity

Writing recipes in journal, ask what snacks they like to eat.

Condensed workshop:

WHAT IS A GARDEN?

Description and Objectives:

A three-hour workshop that will:

  • Explore gardening through art making
  • Learn about garden design through activities
  • Learn about planting and maintaining a living environment through terrariums
  • Learn basic nutrition and relationship between diet and long-term health benefits
  • Allow students to gain design, visualization, and construction skills

This is an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students about food gardens, nutrition, self-expression and critical thinking.

Outcomes:

The students will be able to produce artistic work that represents the school within the community garden. With these lessons, the students will be able to gain a better understanding of the garden and their role within the community. It is important to know what the students’ visions are for what a garden should look like. The work of the students will be implemented into the community gardens.

Timeline: One 3-hour workshop session

Outline:

Icebreaker: name game, students select a fruit/vegetable to say before their name

Theme of “what is a garden” to get students to think about different types of gardens and introduce them to a food garden. Themes: Examples of gardens in their neighborhood and on their way to school. What is a garden used for

Activity: Create a group/community garden, kids in groups of three to four depending on class size with the idea in mind that this garden should be able to feed multiple people and their families. The garden will be designed and designing hypothetically with paper, cut outs, stamps, etc.

How to plant a garden?

Find the seeds in fruit activity, bring in different produce, and relate it to the life of plants and vegetables/fruits.

What makes a vegetable a vegetable and a fruit a fruit?

Activity: Terrariums

Talk about plant care, what do they need, the life of plants.

Introduction to nutrition, why are green things good for you?

The effects of eating healthy on your body, relating to long-term health?

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