What it is:
A Community & Children’s Learning Garden to include a solar powered greenhouse building for year round growing and many opportunities for exploring related subjects.
Children will learn permaculture methods, organic ecosystem principles and sustainability as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices–green living free from pesticides, herbicides and an appreciation for nature and the environment—Healing ourselves and our planet, too!
Surrounding the greenhouse, we’re planning to have outdoor growing areas with a combination of raised and in-ground beds and paths to beautiful and functional plantings and features including a butterfly garden mandala, fruit trees and outdoor seating areas for classes and visitors.
We’re excited about the many opportunities this will provide the children for learning through fun and engaging activities during the school year, but also the potential for events and programs to involve their families and the community year round:
- A science fair with kids working on worm farms and experimenting with solar power and any number of related projects.
- Children and members of the community taking the excess produce to sell at the farmers market.
- Classes where the children learn about nutrition, then host tasting tables where they share their knowledge with family and community.
- Children’s cooking classes, creating healthy dinners for family and friends with the produce they themselves have grown.
- Teen-focused summer programs with *regenerative agriculture focus.
- Mentorship programs with the senior gardeners in our community and
- Many other opportunities to be out in nature–connecting with others while learning empowering, life-enhancing skills.
Check out some fun ideas and inspiration on our pinterest board and let us hear from you if you’d like to be involved.
The project has been gaining momentum recently with Aaron Hunsaker (MAC’s Director) leading the charge, fundraising and networking; the invaluable support of Drew Dunn (Master Gardener with emphasis in permaculture/regenerative agriculture); and other gardeners in our community including Kathy Spiegel and Brent and Laurel Anderson offering advice and encouragement.
We need like-minded individuals–those who are passionate about our health and the health of our planet–to join us in bringing this project to life! — [Write us here.]
Proposed site for the Children’s Learning Garden is the south end of the Mt. View Elementary football field. With the support of Mt. View’s Principal, Logan Kent, we received approval to move forward with this property by the MV District School Board, April 12th. We are now developing detailed plans for approval of phase one to include site survey, prep of land: grading and mulching and fruit trees planted (at earliest date possible) with our goal to have the greenhouse in place by this fall, 2021.
Why I’m passionate about these topics—
If you know me, you’ve probably heard me express my passion for growing without chemicals and the impact of what we eat on our health and the health of our planet. This became a strong focus for me when I was researching to understand why my mom was ill and continued in earnest after her passing.
This quest led me on a journey where I made one connection after another and began questioning everything with regard to our food and healthcare systems, seeing with a new awareness the answers that seem so very obvious to me now. Along the way, I discovered other people including physicians, research scientists and laypeople like me who were making the same connections.
I didn’t discover Zack Bush MD until very recently but I’ve been sharing his work ever since because he has the professional background and knowledge base to address these topics as well as a heart-centered, solution-oriented outlook. He speaks eloquently about these issues, with a focus on the positive action steps we can begin taking today.
His work** and philosophy regarding the importance of our connection to each other and our beautiful planet along with diversity and cooperation on the micro and macro level really resonates and aligns with my personal findings and philosophy. I hope it inspires others in the same way!
If any aspect of the Children’s Learning Garden project speaks to you, please message us today. We’re looking for help in all areas so if you have skills to offer, equipment to loan or perhaps you’d like to donate or become a sponsor—we welcome your ideas and referrals to individuals or companies who may want to get involved. Thank you! –LeAnn
**If you are interested in more details, a good place to start is this interview on Gaia, a subscription-based network.
*Regenerative Agriculture – excerpt from zachbushmd.com on Farming:
In 1945 Americans grew 45% of their food in their backyard gardens. Now we grow 0.1% of our food in our backyards. 50% of Americans were farming in 1880, now less than 2% of the nation is employed in agriculture.
We created this era of chemical mega farms that has led to the destruction of our soils, water systems, oceans, and human health. By the same reality, we can transform this planet to the most verdant and regenerative ecosystem that has been in many millennia.
By learning to work in a co-creative process with mother nature and her extraordinary variety of species, farmers and consumers will participate to witness richer soils and more abundance of life and health than has been seen in human history.
Let’s rise together.
farmersfootprint.us – “A path to soil health and food independence.”
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