[permaculture] [Permaculture International] work book for primary school age children
paul.cereghino at comcast.net
Wed Dec 20 14:08:36 EST 2006
When I've worked on school based landscape management projects in the NW
US (my experience IS unique to this system... and may not apply
elsewhere), the primary factor has been staff time rather than ideas:
It is a rare teacher that also has the land skills to creatively mentor.
Land use projects are difficult with a 30:1 ratio -- teachers need
landscapes that fail tend to spoil the idea of landuse in the community.
schools have a rough time being land stewards as they have a hard time
US teachers get paid for 35 hours and already work 50 just maintaining
basic self esteem.
Schools are out during most of the harvest season.
Opportunities I have found:
Develop curriculum with a teacher advisory group to match local
standards and needs!!
Engage the existing grounds maintenance staff.. sometimes there are
jewels, and they tend to stick around, and then they won't undermine
your design, and they have the flow resources necessary for site repair.
Identify parents in kindergarten and get them trained up early (PDC
crash course for elementary school parents).
Develop a mentorship system where older kids teach younger kids, and
experienced parents teach new parents.
Use highschool horticulture programs and build a relationship between HS
and primary schools.
Supplement class work with parent/student/community volunteer work
parties to get systems up and running, so that the children can be light
handed caretakers and also witness a model of community making places
and nurturing the earth
Focus garden on propagation of perennial food plants for sale to the
general community... the woody plant propagation cycle better fits the
school calendar than actual food production, and can generate revenue.
Montessori or Waldorf programs have more flexibility and often existing
gardening programs, but don't serve the broader community.
I have not found any really strong resources (other than $$) that align
with my above experiences...
Paul, Olympia, WA
>Sounds v.interesting, are there any samples online that one can check
>out??? Partly because Naturewise,the London based permaculture group I
>work with, have been thinking about doing something similar, ie,
>producing a book about forest gardening/permaculture for children. It
>would be good to see what already exists in order to avoid re-inventing
>the wheel and at the same time gaining some inspiration from others'
>On Tue, 2006-12-19 at 09:14 -0400, permafrog at riseup.net wrote:
>>I have a copy of the Childrens Food Forest, it is a great resoucre.
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