It Takes a Village to Maintain a School Garden!

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Weeding in the Garden, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from eXtension Gardens, Lawns,…’s photostream

What would you say about a program for children that promotes healthy lifestyles, improves academic achievement, encourages environmentalism and enjoyment of nature, and encourages community involvement? That’s a program you’d want to support, right? If so, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh could use just a couple of hours of your time this summer.

Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh is a program of Grow Pittsburgh, an urban agriculture nonprofit. It brings the garden and cooking into the classroom with 72 different available lesson plans. Everything from childrenĀ learning the science and composition of soil to “build” their own soil ingredient-by-ingredient, to students learning the relationship between the angle of the sun and the seasons, to having the kids make a salad from the turnips, lettuce and sugar snap peas that they’ve grown and harvested themselves are part of the lesson plans that participating schools have to choose from.

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Carson in the garden, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Marcia Shields’ photostream

Of course, gardens need tending year-round and the children have the summer off. That’s where Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh can use your help. There are three schoolyard gardens that need to be weeded next month. They’re asking for just two hours of your time for the good of these school gardens (and the children who created them):

  • August 1st fromĀ 6:30-8:30pm @ Pittsburgh Dilworth Elementary
  • August 6th from 2-4pm @ Pittsburgh Faison Elementary
  • August 12th from 6:30-8:30pm @ Pittsburgh Montessori

Please click here to register to participate in any (or all) of these volunteer opportunities.

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Weeding, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Chris Kreussling’s photostream