Why garden? Why the Vegetable Project?

Broccoli June8What exactly drives us to build gardens at Albany schools and then lead kids out to them? Why would we bother with those time-consuming fundraising initiatives, like Boxtops for Education, and those time-consuming chores in the garden, like weeding and watering? And what is the big deal about growing some of our own lettuce and tomatoes, when it’s so cheap in the supermarket? And why do we try to keep it up all year long?

Please visit http://vegetableproject.org/why-garden-why-the-vegetable-project/ and http://vegetableproject.org/why-garden-2-why-the-vegetable-project/ for two earlier shot at answering these questions. This time, however, please consider the experience of a number of Minnesota educators as presented in a couple of great videos by the Jeffers Foundation, which funds development of school gardens in the Gopher State and teaches teachers how to use the great outdoors as a classroom. http://www.jeffersfoundation.org/school-gardens-overview-videos.php .

—Bill Stoneman

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