Garden Education: Teaching children how to grow their own food
Through hands-on gardening classes tied to life science lessons, FirstLine students experience the joys and hard work of growing their own food right on their own school campuses. Our largest edible garden is one-third of an acre at Samuel J. Green Charter School, and we are currently expanding the gardens at Arthur Ashe Charter School in Oak Park and Phillis Wheatley Community School in the Treme. Langston Hughes Academy's Dreamkeeper Garden has expanded its production garden and is now home to chickens, goats, and a pot-bellied pig. By cultivating five dynamic gardens specialized for each FirstLine School, we seek to create therapeutic and educational spaces, and to increase the amount of food grown in the garden and the number of children and families served. Garden harvest is used as ingredients in culinary classes, prepared as snacks in garden classes, featured in recipes at special events, sent home with families and school staff through the school’s harvest table, and sold by middle school students at local farmers markets.