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.
Did you know that kids have been growing food in school gardens in Hawaii for over a hundred years? Or that the first school garden broke ground on Hawaii Island (probably in Kona!)?
Check out the article from 1910 below. One story you will find:
"The first school garden was undoubtedly started by the early missionaries on the Island of Hawaii [original missionaries arrived in Kona in 1820]. They spent much of their time in teaching the natives methods of producing garden vegetables and field crops...the demand for instruction became so great that in 1830 an urgent petition was sent to the American Board of Missions asking for a number of instructors to train the Hawaiian people in agricultural pursuits..." The petition was signed by 15 high chiefs. As schools gradually developed, school gardens were born.
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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...