View Full Version : All SF Schoolyard gardening made simple

10-17-2010, 10:29 AM
This from SFGate (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/17/HOMC1FP9F6.DTL) by Joe Eaton and Ron Sullivan:
October is not too late to start a school garden, because it's best to start early. San Franciscans Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Pringle recommend organizing, planning and gathering resources up to a year before breaking ground.

School gardens are sprouting all over, and they seem to be a great idea: Students can learn math, biology, ecology, geography, geophysics, even nutrition - can we find a less uninspiring word for the pleasures of good food, please? - with their hands on their subjects. Even for the bookish among us, three-dimensional learning is more solid and less tedious than constant abstraction. Things connect in our heads the way they connect in the real world in which the human brain evolved.

Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle have written a book that simplifies and clarifies the mysterious process of changing part of any schoolyard from an asphalt wasteland to a lively connection with the natural world. Pringle is programs manager for the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance, which supports about 75 gardens in the San Francisco Unified School District; Bucklin-Sporer is executive director. Both were involved with the school garden project at Alice Fong Yu Alternative School in the Inner Sunset: Bucklin-Sporer as a parent, Pringle as the school's first garden coordinator.

They've distilled the results of their combined 12 years' experience there into "How to Grow a School Garden" (Timber Press; $24.95). They're walking in the fine tradition of Frank Oppenheimer and his original crew, who wrote "The Exploratorium Cookbook."

In fact, their book includes actual recipes for school gardens' produce, as well as some cogent advice: for example, kindergartners generally don't like radishes.

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