I have an addition request for info: does anyone know of RENOVATED
INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS (from the early 70's) that have incorporated renewable
energy and/or sustainable building materials? My college is embarking on
another construction project -- and it hasn't thought to ask what to pack.
thanks in advance,
711 east john street
appleton, wi 54911
On Fri, 13 Nov 1998 08:41:31 -0500 firstname.lastname@example.org (BILL DUESING)
>Living on the Earth, November 13, 1998: Salad Party
>What a great harvest Suzanne's fifth grade had for their salad party at
>Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport last Monday. It was the culminating
>activity of the "Living off the Land" Science Unit. At the end of August,
>on the first gardening day this fall, the students created a
>three-by-twelve foot bed on the south side of the school's front entrance.
>They planted several kinds of radishes, kale, three kinds of lettuce, pac
>choi and red giant mustard. Just over two months later, the vegetables
>were plentiful enough to provide salads for more than thirty hungry
>students, the principal and other teachers.
>Suzanne uses the garden as a context for interdisciplinary studies. I
>volunteer at Hooker School once a week to teach a lesson, and help with
>hands-on gardening activities. The students are always anxious to go
>outside and get to work, but first we have to explain and organize our
>activities. This provides an opportunity for a lesson in soil, compost or
>plant-science. The students receive a "Lab Report" to complete for
>homework, and then outside we go.
>What energy the children have for the garden! Visitors are impressed by
>the enthusiasm they direct toward a positive activity, and by what they
>know about gardening. We all learn by doing.
>Suzanne believes that their love of gardening is a survival instinct.
>Many of them have strong family connections to farms and the land in other
>parts of the world. Often students who have difficulty in the classroom
>really shine in the garden.
>So far this year, the fifth graders have harvested garlic, potatoes and
>flowers (which were planted by last year's class in the spring). We've
>built a cold-frame over the greens bed, expanded the garden and planted
>garlic and winter rye. We intend to plant flower bulbs as well. The
>students also visited Warrups Farm in West Redding to harvest pumpkins,
>feed pigs and walk in the woods.
>All of these activities provided a very real and engaging context for
>learning across the curriculum. A literature theme of "In the Wild"
>addressed issues of the environment, ecology and land use. The garden
>provides many practical math and social studies lessons, too.
>More and more schools and teachers are using garden-based learning as a
>motivating and engaging adjunct to their curriculum. Cornell University is
>helping to create school gardens in New York City in order to improve child
>nutrition and eating habits. Teachers in Meriden, Connecticut are taking
>advantage of the freedom afforded by a remote classroom in a trailer by
>During Monday's lesson, one student wondered why plants were so important
>to me. I threw the question out to the class, and we soon discovered that
>without plants, we wouldn't have any food or oxygen. Then they understood
>why plants are so important.
>In the Thomas Hooker School Garden,
>This is Bill Duesing, Living on the Earth
>(C)1998, Bill Duesing, Solar Farm Education, Box 135, Stevenson, CT 06491
>This script was the text for an audio feature produced by WSHU News
>Director, Tom Kuser.
>Bill and Suzanne Duesing operate the Old Solar Farm (raising NOFA/CT
>certified organic vegetables) and Solar Farm Education (working on urban
>agriculture projects in southern Connecticut and producing "Living on the
>Earth" radio programs). Their collection of essays Living on the Earth:
>Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future is available from Bill
>Duesing, Box 135, Stevenson, CT 06491 for $14 postpaid. These essays first
>appeared on WSHU, public radio from Fairfield, CT. New essays are posted
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