In order to save money and teach valuable lifelong skills, schools should have vegetable gardens. David Maddox of The Nature of Cities speaks of the ability for gardens to bring communities together while serving as a way to absorb storm water (leading to less pollution in our water systems).
The picture above is of me and my university’s garden club after we spent some time in the garden with local Tiger Cubs. They were so cute and helpful! They loved every minute of it!
If I ran the school system, the older students would help plant, harvest, and study the food. This is great for future culinary artists, chemists, biologists, and generally well-rounded students! Kids will learn to appreciate fresh and healthy food, a lesson that will hopefully be brought home to be shared with the whole family! There bodies will thank them when they eat more vegetables than oreos! After finishing their garden education, students will receive a gift of seeds from the school. Their lessons will be immediately applicable to their outside life. They can then enjoy the fresh, healthy food at home as well as at school.
As I have already acknowledged, I don’t have control over the schools, but I do have each one of you reading this! Get involved in community gardens or start one in your own yard! Invite the young people in your life to help. It’s a great way for them to bond with you and the earth, not to mention learn some valuable lessons!