How might we empower children to inspire healthy eating in their families? Our hope is that our garden, being physically in the center of our building, can become a hub for learning, curiosity, and creativity for the entire Lower School and the family community. This space would also be an extension of a greater effort to make gardening and food production more of a focal point for integrated learning experiences in the entire school.
Where are you at with the solution? Implementing the solution
Why might this be a valuable solution for Indy? At this point in the development of the garden, our “community” is Park Tudor’s Lower School students, teachers, and families. Since April of this year, the work that has already been done in the garden, and our first Community Gardening Day, has helped us to continue learning about teachers’ instructional goals, student enthusiasm, and parent support. Early feedback affirms our belief that the community will support the continued development of the project.
What resources, advice, or support would be helpful for you in moving forward? Our hope is that with professional development in the areas of environmental education and inquiry-based learning, faculty will embrace the Lower School Urban garden as a space for integrated learning experiences.
Lead contacts: Lori McIntosh and Lane Waters