Friday, May 15, 2009

Gardening tips

Although many may have already seen this article from Seattle’s Child magazine last fall, it has a wealth of information about the process of making a school garden. Eric Boutin, Auburn’s child nutrition services director, was interviewed about the challenges that he and other Washington school districts face as they strive to “eat local”: The interview is a blueprint and a must-read both for schools that want to start a garden and for others that would like to take advantage of his wealth of knowledge. The merits of the garden for community relations, better food, parent involvement, and school learning opportunities as well as the common pitfalls of contacting farms and securing financial support are all touched upon here.