The lesson plan offers an example of engaging in thought, collaboration and creative expression around organic gardening & growing food in the City.
The lesson is not intended to stand alone. It can best be used in conjunction with another gardening, environmental & health lessons.
Time: 30 minutes per day through the four seasons
Preparation: explore your neighborhood & find where there are community gardens & people growing plants in their yards, on their stoops, in their window boxes.
Basic Materials: Soil, Water, Sun, Seeds,
Supporting Materials: planning calendar, rainwater barrels, compost tumbler, shared community resources
Build your interest by first exploring the future you would like to see – where food comes from – the sense of well-being digging in the soil and being more in tune with cycles of nature, let alone how delicious anything from the garden tastes fresh picked after watching it grow and how working together makes it possible
Begin to discover and explore different preferences and opinions about gardening practices. Work alone sometimes but often in groups to grow flowers, fruit & vegetables
Engage in a creative process of creating your own garden design within whatever space is available
Find inspiration in different techniques, encouraging each other and fostering an atmosphere of collaboration
Know that you, too, can have a green thumb, understand a deeper connection to nature, and do what is called for, according to the season.
Develop an awareness of time and the cycles of decay and growth
Introduction to the Process:
Goal: Introduce yourself to gardening and begin practicing.
Preparation: Meet up at the local community garden to volunteer for seasonal clean-up
Activity: Ask which are the weeds and help pull them out and transfer to the compost pile
Allow yourself to explore with the materials, using gloves or digging with bare hands or using a spade, trowel, rake, wheelbarrow
Following the exploration and the introductions to the different plants and how they grow, ask the community gardeners to share techniques and best practices
Volunteer at the garden on a regular basis, making notes on what needs to be done depending on the time of year
Sign up for a plot and meanwhile start growing something in a flower-pot, whatever the heart desires