Welcome. The project started from a placement at university. Looking at the situation of school gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario. There are many pieces of the puzzle and eco-justice, social justice, food security and education all find a home at my Blog.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hiawatha Highlands

I've just enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Hiawatha Highlands near Sault Ste Marie. Its a total gem of a park and great escape for those of us who live in the city.Pity I didn't bring the camera as we found the waterfall today. Its an easy climb on boardwalk( Some steps are missing). We also walked around the lake at the bottom of the hill and were lucky enough to spot a turtle. The pines smelled wonderful and the peace was enjoyed by all!

Meatless Mondays

Meatless Monday | one day a week, cut out meat

I've been a vegetarian for about 15 years now. Living in Canada, I find this quite hard as Canadians seem to me to be a people who love their meat, just look out west to the beef production! I found this website that has recipes that can help you adopt a vegetarian meal once per week. You never know, you may enjoy it enough to become a vegetarian like me!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

School Is Out... Now What?

Sara Winter: School Is Out... Now What?

Interesting article about how to connect to your children during school vacation! Its a LONG and hot summer. Enjoy being outside with your children!

Must read books on education...

7 Must-Read Books on Education | Brain Pickings

Among this list is the book," The Element" by Sir Ken Robinson. He has fast become a guru on education for me. I am by no means an educator. I tried that once during my first undergraduate degree, teaching English in Germany. I was a disaster, but that is a whole other story. Learning about school gardens also brought me to a new understanding about education, one that Ken Robinson teaches, that not all children learn the same, that schools do not do a good job of teaching anything but Reading, Writing and Arithmetic ( But that would also depend on who you talk to) and don't, on the whole teach children to reach their potential in today's world.

School gardens have the magic of becoming a haven for learners who don't do well with the modern curriculum or the traditional ways of teaching that are espoused by schools today. There are many different ways to learn and its sad that schools can't help all children reach their potential to do well in the modern world. As I've said before, there is NOTHING a student cannot learn from being in a garden.

Now I have to confess, I haven't read any of the other books on the list, but hope to go to the library in the week to start on book number one. Maybe I can blog about these books over the coming weeks if time allows. For the time being though, I hope everyone who reads this, reads Ken Robinson's books and check him out on Twitter!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Setting up and running a school garden

Good website about setting up a school garden. Its an important step in helping children learn about more than the traditional curriculum. When children leave school, they should have life skills that include learning about healthy foods. By creating a garden, school can help children learn about foods, community and increase test scores. Take a look through the blog and you'll see more information about school gardens that I've posted over the last few months

Setting up and running a school garden

Friday, July 8, 2011

Manitoban school garden information

more school garden websites!

Interesting website about school gardens, including podcasts, videos and other useful information when creating your school garden