It is mid-June and I am in Waimea with a group of garden teachers mostly from the BI but also from Oahu. We are gathered to formulate HI garden education standards and align them with HI education standards. Brainstorming a format. Creating a protocol. Naming and narrowing themes -each of which could save the world.
Knowing school garden curriculum will be read by a large swath of population and will be used from everything as a document to secure funding to a quick reference to making a classroom lesson was key. We are not writing out standards for us. We are writing them for the good of the system and the universality of the programs.
Way to go Hawaii. I hope our curriculum map can help direct our educational system towards a path of sustainability.
Ms Krista says:
Everyday encounters with real garden sprites; tortuous panorama of the surf; old-growth collards; machete lessons; mantis rehab; pesto pasta. Days as a public school garden teacher on the Big Island are filled with unexpected gems of wisdom and infinite inspirations. Introducing my life as a school garden teacher...