Thank you so much Nicole, everyone who runs Permies.com, and all the people and community members I got to talk with this week!
I am an outdoor and garden educator and the author of The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide to Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole-Systems Thinking. Inspired by ecological design and permaculture principles, my goal is to make weekly gardening lessons more easily accessible to all educators and to inspire the next generation of change-makers.
(Not sure if we’re doing that for this book, but if we could that’d be awesome!)
Alright, so here’s a longer review.
This book is put together for being integrated into a formal K-12 schooling system. It focuses mostly on September through May sort of activities, because that’s when school is in session. However, by using it as a guide I can easily come up with ideas for summer activities and lessons.
That is generally how I will probably use this book, actually. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere I’ve begun volunteering with churches, libraries, and other places to put in community food forests. A big part of that is supporting these places in getting educational systems set up for children, youth, and adults. I will probably start with the church I’m working with to the north of me. Ironically a state program for gardening in schools just got cut across the board, so this comes at the perfect time.
Anyways, this book is great because it provides a realistic structure and path that schools can use (or adapt as needed) to realistically teach permaculture and integrate it into science curriculums. I think that a lot of educators would like to be more proactive like this but just don’t know how.
Again, even if you don’t want or need a formal curriculum, I think it’s a great resource for ideas and activities that can be changed to meet your situation.
When you reach your lowest point, you are open to the greatest change.
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