School Gardens in the News
1) Los Angeles, CA
A new crop of School Gardens
Even as state funding wilts, support for school gardens is growing…
It may seem counterintuitive to start new programs in this economic climate. Summer school was canceled at many campuses this year, the $1.7-million California Instructional School Garden Program grant to the Los Angeles Unified School District has expired, and the budget crisis has left countless teachers unemployed.
But this groundswell, largely sparked by parent and community interest — and perhaps some inspiration from Michelle Obama’s White House garden — is finding support in all the right places.
2) Oregon City, OR
Planting Seeds of Change
Anna Meyrick, the director of Oregon City’s Hera Community School, is always on the lookout for new ways to educate and engage students at the alternative school, which seeks to encourage students to make positive changes through community involvement, education and art-based projects.
3) Brooklyn, NY
Let it Grow
This summer, my daughters and I are getting our hands dirty, thanks to their schools and our city. We may live in an asphalt-dominated landscape, but with minimal effort we have found green spaces where we can practice the good, old-fashioned art of gardening.
4) Brooklyn, NY
New planter stolen from schoolyard garden in Park Slope
Parents at Park Slope’s Public School 107 were shocked last week after a planter, recently purchased for their vegetable garden was stolen from the schoolyard.
“It’s a school, for God’s sake,” said parent and garden coordinator Michele Israel at the Eighth Ave. school.