Learn more about our Garden & Environmental Science curriculum! Download Farmer Fred’s 2016 Fall Garden Newsletter here
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Hello PS 32 Community,
After a wonderful start to the 2016-17 school year, the garden newsletter is finally here! I am Farmer Fred, Mr. Fred, The Garden Guy, Mr. Beard, the environmental educator at PS32. Some of you may not know who I am, and I would like to change that fast.
This is my third year at the PS 32 garden, and each year is has grown almost as much as the students. That is because of the continued support of parents, teachers, and staff. Thank you.
As I’m teaching your children how to grow sustainable food, about the urban environment, and their local community, I’m constantly learning from them as well. Your children are inspiring and make me want to head to the garden each day.
To use a metaphor, my garden classes are like a pepper plant. You may eat the pepper and think that was good. The end! However, the pepper is only the fruit of a pepper plant. There are flowers, leaves, stems, roots, soil, insects, compost, water, and time that went into the formation of that pepper. Most of this is unseen to the eater.
My garden classes start in the garden. However, like the fruit of the pepper, the garden is only the beginning, an opening to the local environment, to interactions with the community, to chances for place, project, and service-based learning, and to lessons I firmly believe will instill lasting values in your children.
Farmer Fred in our PS32 Garden “classroom”
If I were only teaching the students how to plant seeds, this would be very boring for all of us. Please enjoy some of the following tidbits and photos about garden lessons. Download Farmer Fred’s 2016 Fall Garden Newsletter here
Peace, love, and plants,