Planting Broccoli, Growing Buddies
Today the kindergarten classes planted broccoli seedlings right outside their classrooms. The amaranth seeds they scattered last week have sprouted; next week we hope to have them plant cabbage seedlings and maybe some carrot seeds. They have done all of this with upper-grade garden buddies at their sides. Encouraging these different age groups to work together helps to build trust, confidence and a little bit of patience. This partnership is very interesting to watch. As students work with someone who is much older or someone who is much younger, they each seem to become more aware of their own behavior and its impact. Becoming aware of how our choices and behavior can influence our surroundings is one of the primary goals of the Edible Schoolyard, and this partnership does just that. The students themselves reap the benefit of each other’s consideration. It can be very satisfying to have someone younger look up to you, and of course it is also very satisfying to have someone older show you care and affirmation. It’s wonderful to watch both of these happen at the same time in our garden.