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#108 The Edible Schoolyard - Using the Garden as the Classroom

Berkeley, CA

The Edible Schoolyard is a shining example of how a garden can be used as an outdoor classroom, utilizing all of the children's senses to bring book-learning to life. This public middle school classroom uses a natural setting to teach every aspect of its core curriculum (math, science, language arts, social studies, nutrition awareness, etc.). Students learn about the full garden cycle, from planting seeds to harvesting and returning any waste back to the earth through composting. They also learn to cook with what they grow by preparing and eating meals that tie into their humanities classes. Viewers will discover how even small aspects of such a program can be incorporated into their own communities. Chef Nathan creates a healthy and kid-friendly snack made of ginger-maple glazed carrots and a radish-mint salad.

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