Slow Food USA Announces Release of New School Garden Curriculum
Feb. 1, 2017
DENVER, CO — Feb 1, 2017 — Slow Food USA has just published its second school garden curriculum, Clean: Gardening for Sustainability. The multidisciplinary lessons target a range of ages, from Kindergarten through high school. Educators can use a school garden or cooking program to teach biology, chemistry, social studies, language arts, and geography.
Clean: Gardening for Sustainability divides school garden activities into theory and practice. The first section, “Basic Garden Skills and Knowledge,” offers activities that guide observation and discovery into the plants and animals that live in the garden. The second section, “A Slow Food Garden,” offers planting guidelines, maps, activities and cooking lessons that match a sample school garden.
“The Clean curriculum emphasizes ecology and sustainability,” says Andrew Nowak, school garden specialist at Slow Food USA. “It has lessons on how plants can grow together—not just botanically, but as food-producing garden. Clean will give educators tools to design a garden that produces multiple ingredients together, for a recipe that students can help make.”
Both Clean and the first volume, Good: Enjoying the Pleasures of Healthy and Delicious Food, are designed to exemplify the Slow Food values of diversity, respect, individual preference and pleasure. Lessons are learner-driven, giving space for inquiry, trial and error, and personal expression. The lessons stimulate curiosity, train intuition and develop critical thinking in order to promote lasting change.
Clean is available at no cost on the Slow Food USA website.
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