Community engagement is an integral piece of place based education*.
We set out to form our Eco-Collective** right away, aggressively recruiting community partners to host teaching gardens and farms that our students could cultivate. The response was incredible and our first farm has found a home at The Yoga Garden in the Eau Gallie Arts District. Our teaching garden/ farm will be part of a large evolving tract of land that will hopefully also be home to a community and meditative garden in the vision of it's owner.
Our students' first tasks will be to create a design and layout for their new garden/ farm, engineer and build raised beds and choosing the best vegetables, fruits and herbs for planting.
One of many exciting new partnerships that lay the basis for the Verdi EcoSchool philosophy!
*Place based education is: the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum with an emphasis on hands-on, real world learning experiences.
**An Eco-Collective is a group of businesses, institutions and individuals combining resources and expertise to further a sustainable, socially and environmentally aware mission.