FARMING AND FOOD EDUCATION THAT FEEDS GROWING MINDS AND BODIES
GAFFNEY, Lincoln and Vance Elementary School GARDEN CLUBs
We've partnered with the New Britain Parks and Rec to offer garden-based education to elementary students, allowing youth to experience food in new ways and discover the impacts of a healthy lifestyle. Our after school clubs engage children in hands-on education through our school garden and greenhouse, where they grow, eat, and learn about nutritious food that aids in their understanding of sustainable food systems and empowered eating practices. Grow, eat and learn about food using our school greenhouse and garden!
STRIVE Garden Girls: ROOTS
We provides weekly lessons to at-risk students from the YWCA STRIVE after school program at Slade and Pulaski Middle Schools. The Garden Club girls learn about sustainable agriculture and nutritional value through hands on gardening and cooking activities. The girls also participate in educational field trips for experiential learning at farms and other food related facilities, to further nurture their understanding about the importance and impact of fresh, locally grown food on the environment and our bodies.
Farm to Summer School
ROOTS is a community provider for the CSDNB Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE), which seeks to improve academic performance through inquiry and literacy based programming. ROOTS implements Urban Farmer curriculum in their lessons on gardening and nutrition, to teach children in Kindergarten through third grade, how to share their experience through hands-on learning and engage with their community through the lense of food. ROOTS is also a community provider for the CSDNB Excellence Through Real-world Experiences and Maximizing Energy (XTREME) program, which is designed to combat the effects of summer slide in middle school children, grades sixth through eighth. Focused in STEM, with an emphasis on team building and community service, ROOTS curriculum is designed and taught with the intention of engaging students in scientific experimentation and inquiry that is replicated in everyday life. The program gives youth the opportunity to learn about important environmental impacts and resources as they pertain to their own city.