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youth garden curricula

Dear Stacy,

Here a couple of guides I've found useful in our middle school program:

Food for Thought:  Lessons from the Land (put out by Sonoma County
Agricultural Literacy Project).  It's geared towards grades 3-6, but I found
it useful for older grades as well.

The Growing Classroom (Roberta Jaffe, Gary Appel, published by Addison
Wesley).  Curriculum from LifeLab in Santa Cruz, the all-purpose,
we-have-lessons-on-just-about-everything.  Aimed at K-6.

French Fries and the Food System:  A year-round curriculum connecting youth
with farming and food (Sara Coblyn, a publication of the Food Project,
www.thefoodproject.org).  More aimed at middle and high school.

A special bonus:  one of my all time favorites to use with kids is Paul
Fleischman's Seedfolks, a short novel told from the point of view of a
diverse group of people who make a community garden out of an abandoned lot.

Good luck!  I'd love to know what you come up with.

Nancy Davenport
Youth Engaged in Service
East Bay Conservation Corps
(510) 992-7832 phone
(510) 992-7962 fax

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