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Common Ground Garden Releases Curriculum

Original post made by Emily Danko, another community, on Mar 2, 2017

Common Ground Garden in Palo Alto California, a project of the non-profit Ecology Action, is excited to announce the development and release of our middle school garden curriculum, titled “Edible Education.” Our lesson plans were created by Mia Sasaki and Kathryn Rutti. They aim to introduce children to the principals of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable farming method while engaging them in California science and Common Core standards. The curriculum takes students through a variety of garden activities, including planting, soil cultivation, digging, composting, harvesting, and investigating compost material decomposition and transformation, plus soil health. While written specifically for 6th graders, the lessons are applicable to children of varying ages. The curriculum was also created with the ability to parallel and integrate into a pre-existing school units, making it adaptable to nearly all middle school classrooms. By the end of 2017, this curriculum will be available in Spanish as well as in English, increasing its usefulness and accessibility to include all Spanish-speaking schools. The hands-on garden lesson plans can be accessed online, at Web Link