Was Kermit right when he sang "It’s not easy being Green"..?
It IS easy being Green!!
When Kermit the Frog starts his lament, sitting alone on that patch of grass, the helplessness of his situation seems overwhelming — but all it takes is a simple key change to send his song soaring into positivity.
That key change is really just a change in attitude! Kermit collects all the positive aspects of his situation and the song ends with his little puppet arms jerking about in happiness. He has his famous epiphany: it IS easy being Green!
I hope by the end of this post you’ll be inspired to jerk your arms around about being green(er) and … start a food garden in your school.
I love these videos
- an inner-city street changes its whole streetscape — physically and culturally — through gardening
- a community-based organisation and schools in Brisbane embark on a collaborative project
- a food garden at Cringila Public School produces some surprising results for boys and their favourite gardening activities…
- A school garden in Lesotho addresses immediate concerns of food shortages in the community.
All the online tools you need to create a school food garden
Some of these resources are aimed at primary schools but are easily transferable to secondary schools:
- Oxfam has just launched GROW, a campaign for a future on the planet where everyone has enough to eat. It is a vision for a brighter future for all of us … and school food gardens are just one way to this brighter future
- Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden foundation website
- Biological Farmers of Australia’s Organic School Gardens programs – an excellent source of ideas, practical tips and examples of school food gardens.
- Teachers in Adelaide discuss how their schools use gardens and how they link them to curriculum
- No-Dig blog site for gardening without soil – a great resource if you don’t have the room for a garden
- Sustainable Schools – a NSW government and Department of Education and Training initiative that supports sustainability in schools. Not only do they have resources and case studies, I found the research section particularly interesting. Their Dig Your Dinner NSW schools competition closes on 25 July 2011
So tap into the Kermit within and enjoy planning your school food garden in anticipation of Spring!
If you have any useful resources, or if your school would like to share the learning and successes of your food garden, please contact us or post a comment below.