IT WILL BE SEVERAL MORE WEEKS BEFORE STUDENTS RETURN
TO SCHOOL FROM THEIR SUMMER VACATION.
BUT FOR SOME TEACHERS IN THE AREA - SCHOOL IS BACK
AS NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - THOSE
TEACHERS ARE PART OF A PROGRAM TO LITERALLY GROW LEARNING.
it is a treasure, i mean just to have this in madison.
we involve the kids in basically every part of the
KIDS WHO WILL EVENTUALLY LEARN HOW TO GROW A SCHOOL
GARDEN FROM THESE TEACHERS FROM AROUND WISCONSIN.
this is our fifth year and we've had almost 150 educators
from around area schools.
they're an edible flower, they are kind of spicey.
DURING THIS WEEKLONG PROGRAM - TEACHERS ARE LEARNING
HOW TO GROW FOOD IN A SCHOOL GARDEN.
we are the pesto people, hey.
AND JENNIE MATTERN-BICKSLER - AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TEACHER IS LEARNING TO GROW HER CLASSROOM.
classroom s aren't limited by walls and some of the
greatest learning is when you are outdoors.
THE IDEA IS TO HAVE THESE TEACHERS CREATE SCHOOL GARDENS
- AND GIVE THEIR STUDENTS A REAL HANDS-ON LEARNING
i think one of the biggest thing they get is spending
time outdoors and the kinesthetic learning that happens.
it is very experiential, they are in the soil, they
are planting things, they are tending the food, they
AND THE TEACHER LEARN HOW TO MAKE IT ALL FUN - LIKE
USING A BICYCLE POWERED BLENDER TO MAKE PESTO.
toby is a pesto man! toby is a pesto man!
BY WEEKS END THESE 15 TEACHERS WILL LEAVE THE GROWING
FARM TO SCHOOL PROJECT.
THE DIFFERENCE THEY WILL THEN MAKE GOES WELL BEYOND
that's a satisfying part of the program is that ripple
effect of all these educators that many of them are
already working in gardens with kids and there's this
learning community that forms where everyone leaves
feeling inspired and more equiped to go out and really
run these great programs all over the place.
THE GROWING FARM TO SCHOOL PROJECT ALSO PROVIDES NUTITION
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS THAT CAN BE SHARED WITH STUDENTS.
THE PROGRAM IS FUNDED THROUGH A GRANT AND IS SUPPORTED
BY U-W HEALTH.