Join us July 29-31 for Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up, and try your hand at matching these faces and more with an accurate description. Get ‘em all and you could win a book or poster. Register here. See the institute program overview here.
If you’re past a certain age, you’ve probably experienced how soft drink sizes have evolved with time…. But you know who may not be as familiar with that story? Our students. That’s why Pam Koch has made it her life’s work to tell them about it.
“Have you ever walked by a row of old buildings and wondered what they used to be? Who used to live there? Perhaps you’ve even thought about the history of your own home: When was it built? Does it look the same now as it did when it was first constructed? What were the people like who lived there over the years?” Last winter students at Averill Park HS grappled with those issues.
“Without healthy soil, we don’t have healthy plants. Without healthy plants, we don’t have healthy food. And without healthy food, we don’t have healthy people,” Cropsey Farm’s Jose Romero-Bosch told THV. And without being too doom and gloom, he tries to explain to students that soil is a scarce resource that takes billions of years to create.
I conscripted some young visitors to serve as historians, and asked them to gather stories from vendors. Given the range of ages and the time frame (kids are generally at the market while their parents shop), I provided my young volunteers with just a few questions, and suggested that they also draw something that interested them.
Kaycee Wimbish used to teach second grade in NYC, but now she teaches in a lot behind the Kingston YMCA.
Remembering Richard Louv’s lament that more kids are able to tell you about the rain forest than their own wooded areas, I convinced a class full of fourth graders in my library to concentrate on animals they can actually observe in their neighborhoods.
Every time a student discovers something new about themselves and their world through the garden, we realize how vital it is to provide our children a place to simply be outside, get dirty, and grow things.
Hunter Mountain is my favorite place in the Hudson Valley. It is beautiful every season of the year . . . .
Tuesday, July 29, the first day of this year’s institute, Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up, Cornell’s Mike Hoffman will discuss what students need to know about how climate change is affecting agriculture. Get some background now in this blog post. Mike is associate dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and director, Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University.