Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds: Empowering our Children with Ways to Protect the Environment while Cultivating the Earth

Monday, March 27, 2006

Communication: Planning and more planning

Hi bloggers. I am writing this message after an important group meeting this evening. We have finalized our lesson topics for our project:

-Lesson 1: LOCAL FOODS--Why and how can we support foods grown in our area? What are the advantages of doing so, nutritionally, environmentally, and economically?

-Lesson 2: ORGANIC FOODS--What are some of the chemicals that are used in our food? What does it mean for something to be "ogranic"? How did eating "organically" become trendy, and why is it good for us?

-Lesson 3: MAKING CHOICES--How can we be concious consumers? We will accompany the students on a field trip to the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn. The teacher with whom we are working, Matthew Gilbert, has been a member of the co-op for a number of years. We feel this will be a good opportunity for the kids to go out on their own and apply what we have learned in the classroom. We are planning a scavenger hunt for them that will call for them to locate different foods. For example, they may be asked to find something organic, or something grown or packaged locally. Check out the website for the co-op:

On a different note, our group is in the process of revising both our ACTION PLAN and our DRAFT for our paper. Amanda and I have reformatted the ACTION PLAN, and having honed in our our goals in the past 2 weeks, we are confident that our revision will be much more focused. Suzanne and Melissa are doing some more research and general ending to augment our paper. We are staying in close contact with one another, and are in touch with Diane frequently. I just sent an email to Matt Gilbert giving him an update. As a side note, we are realizing as a group the power of communication and organization in putting together any project. We hope that other environmentalists gain this perspective in their endeavors as well; it's an important life skill.

I'd like to conclude by adding that this project has taken us down paths unforseeable at the beginning of the semester. We are proud of the progress we have made and looking forward to engaging and inspiring our students next week.

All the best,

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