Teaching In the Garden
A recent teaching opportunity opened up with San Francisco based ” A Living Library & Think Park” on New York City’s Roosevelt Island with PS 217 and the community.
I jumped at the opportunity to build a garden and teach from it with the students from 217 and the community on Roosevelt Island. We started almost from scratch, established two large beds for vegetables, flowers, and learning, and maintained a bountiful harvest- enough to share with the seniors at the local senior center.
During the spring we were busy establishing beds, planting baby plants and seeds. Through the summer we maintained the garden, studied the development of plants, and insects and in the Autumn, we welcomed the cool weather crops, and the closing of the garden before we took classes indoors. Inside during the winter months we performed in depth studies on a variety of levels; from soil types to seed, stem, and root development, the nutritional value of vegetables and fruits, the purpose of systems, including our ecosystem, and the historical, social, environmental, and personal impact of gardens, and gardening.