The Troy Howard Middle School Garden was one of the first full scale garden projects attached to a school. Since it’s inception in 2001 years ago more and more schools are starting heir own projects to reconnect students with the food they eat. Organic, healthy food.
Over and over again when I hear about these projects they are started with grant money and are forced to rapidly move toward the day when they are income-generating entities. I am not saying this is a bad thing. Learning to be agricultural entrepreneurs is certainly a real life lesson for the kids. All I am saying is that if we spent more time teaching real skills and less time “teaching to the test” so the students would do well on standardized tests that are used to gauge school performance our children would be better prepared for the real world challenges they will face. And a better chance to financially survive what the world throws at them. And how come brick and mortar monuments to conspicuous consumption get all the tax dollars they want and greenhouses and raised beds have to be self-supporting or they get the ax?????
It brings to mind the old saying “it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber” perhaps with a slight twist. It will be a great day when school gardens have all the money they need and teaching to the test is history.