Schools everywhere should take note of the gardening program put together by kids at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod, as they discuss on their website.
“We now have a unheated hoop house and a program where middle school gardeners lead first through fifth graders as they learn to build soil, plant, transplant, tend, water and harvest food year round. Our harvests are transformed by our school chef into amazing meals served at lunch. The summer tending of the garden is a community responsibility. We have weekly Family Gardening sessions organized by grade level where families share a pot luck meal and then work together in the garden in the cool of the evening.”
Wow, we need to teach this at ALL schools!
Teaching kids how to build soil, plant, tend to and ultimately harvest food all throughout the year is the best idea ever. The kids eventually then enjoy the food that they’ve grown as it is cooked by the resident chef for meals, a reward for all their hard work!
This is crucial for raising a generation of kids who are not dependent on others for their food. Isn’t that what we want? For our children to be independent and self-sufficient?
The gardening program is also great for the community surrounding the school, with families in the area enjoying the collective benefits that come from weekly family gardening sessions.
As they explain:
“The 24 by 48 feet hoop house is the heart of our gardening program. It is an indoor gardening classroom that aligns the school year with garden life by spreading the harvest over four seasons. Since it is unheated, we choose winter crops such as carrots, spinach and kale that grow when the nights are very cold and the days are slightly warm. A sunny day in February can bring temperatures in the 20s outside and in the sixties in the hoop house. The night lows in the hoop house can go into the teens or 20s, Yet, since the soil is warmed by the sun during the day, the soil in the beds never freezes.”
We are always concerned with what our kids are learning – in my opinion, self-sufficiency and healthy eating are just as, no more, important than math and geography.
Good on the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. Their story has gone viral. As is noted, they are thrilled that their story has been shared so many times while somewhat discouraged to see that people share it without actually opening to read. We understand this frustration! However, as she explains, she knows the energy of ‘sharing’, and it is encouraging.
You can learn more about the school’s gardening program – called Growing Children – on their Facebook page here.