Huffington Post reporter Joseph Erbentraut just posted this lovely and well-researched article about CitySprouts and the school garden movement:
The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes from?
But given the ever-growing demands on teachers’ time and the poor financial health many of the nation’s school districts are in, the obstacles facing the school garden movement in the U.S. are clear.
Both the challenges and possibilities are discussed at length in Ripe for Change, a new book on garden-based learning written by Jane Hirschi and published earlier this month. Hirschi is the founding director of CitySprouts, an initiative based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that seeks to establish gardens as learning tools in public schools nationwide.
The full article is worth a look — it’s a highly readable and comprehensive overview of the history of school gardening, an old idea that CitySprouts is proud to be renewing in schools throughout Cambridge and Boston. It’s very exciting to see CitySprouts’ work featured on HuffPo!