I was flipping through Good.com the last night and in their post they talked about if students should learn to farm? It’s an interesting question and I can see so many arguments for and against it. Growing up I was fortunate enough to take 2 year of shop class and 2 year home economics. This is quite rare for even my age, in an time of fast food, I literally have no friends who know how to cook, sew, build something from wood. At one point the fact that none of my friends cooked struck me quite hard when I had to show my girlfriend at the time how to boil pasta! Life skills such as these are so important for men and women, young and old; I mean you gotta eat right?
One thing that I did not get was how to grow food, obviously in line with such tasks of cooking, woodworking, welding, sewing and child care. This is a true gap in my knowledge, up until my grandparents, almost everyone gardened to some degree, but today very few do now. What is interesting that now as an adult and growing in my pursuit of self sufficiency and environmentally consciousness, I find myself lacking a green thumb. What is missing is the cultural knowledge of how to grow, to make our own food with our bare hands. Back 2-3 generations everyone knew a little about it, if you needed advice, you could ask your neighbor. Better yet, you could ask the farmer himself, because he was local.
All of these reasons are certainly defensible, but at the same time I know we also need to be hunkering down on the core subjects of academia. Working in the non-profit sector, I am working within the schools to solve issues that impact the bottom line. We are in need of a change, of a plan that will take our schools to the next level to achieve a high quality education for all students, does gardening have a place in our schools?