The School Garden Movement Grows
The great reviews continue to roll in for Ripe for Change, CitySprouts Executive Director Jane Hirschi's impassioned plea for garden-based learning in the public schools. Louisa Kasdon praised the book in the most recent issue of Edible Boston:
Jane Hirschi, the founder of Cambridge-based non-profit CitySprouts, is a local hero. With this book, she is positioned to become a national hero as well... The book is a slim useful volume for advocates?parents, teachers, and gardening-loving volunteers who want to organize a CitySprouts-style education program in their school districts.
There's no doubt about it: the school garden movement is growing across the country, and Jane's book is just one seed among many. This month Jane flew to Austin, Texas for the American Horticultural Society's National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, a conference dedicated to promoting youth gardening nationwide. Jane joined a panel of garden educators from school garden organizations around the country who are working tirelessly to make school gardens a part of every child's public education.
Jane writes about her experience at the symposium in a guest post on the Edible Schoolyard Network's blog. Visit the Edible Schoolyard Network to read about the symposium and find out about the progress being made in garden-based learning in every corner of the United States.