To the educators out there, parents that are helping out around their child's school and administrators that are investing time, energy and passion into Earthbox initiatives at your school.....you rock!
With the commitment from a few, it is just amazing how a few Earthboxes can provide an identity to a school. As a parent from one that has not only seen hundreds of students fall in love with this life science, let me say that I have seen a transformation in the entire greening initiatives. This was largely based on starting to plant just a few seeds, in a few Earthboxes, with the ideas and efforts from a few in the school's community. After that, the bug caught on, we wrote more grants for more Earthboxes, then for rain barrels to supplement the flower boxes and now, state-wide recognition for initiative projects with composting. A grant will provide the school with a compost, that which will "feed" the 35 Earthboxes on our campus.
The school has been able to build off this first idea (thanks to Caren Walsh, Rolf Hanson, Holly Cita, Anne Sundeberg & Jana Hoefling) and really demonstrate to a greater level, the importance of locavore, conservation and the refuse cycle.
Bay Haven I feel certain, is setting a bar in their green initiatives and this impact, though great, does not hold a candle to the ability to walk into a class on campus at any given time, and see kids devouring Kale Chips, salads and or planning science fair projects around the process of growing items in these magnificently designed growing systems.
So, thank you Earthbox – for (pun intended) helping us plant seeds to grow environmental ambassadors or our community!
*image attached was from the 2nd crop for our 2009 plantings. Since we took such great pleasure in consuming our own crops during the first part of the semester, the second crop was sold at our Spring Carnival and all proceeds were donated to Shelter Box. Thanks to an amazing Science Dept (C.Walsh) we were also able to help our kids feel their impact on a global level.