At this time of year, every year we close a cycle of learning and growing together with that year's 40 Richmond High Urban Agriculture students. It is a bittersweet time of memory and goodbyes. Here is a log of the past 2 months and final days of this year's course.
April 23, 2014
It is the final quarter of the school year at the Richmond High Urban Agriculture Course! ~Tear~As with any ending, It is important to provide the opportunity for people to remember, and exemplify the many lessons they have learned over the course of the school year!Enter.. The Urban Agriculture Practical ExamFor the next two months, our 40 students are placed into groups of 4-5, and are bestowed 170 square feet of planting space to care for per group, and additionally a "side task" (examples: compost generation, greenhouse production, fruit tree maintenance, native plant propagation, etc).Students begin each week with clipboards in hand, putting their powers of Protracted and Thought Observation to work recording down observations of crop health, moisture levels in the beds, and necessary tasks and materials needed for the rest of the week. Students are then responsible for manifesting the needs of their planting space and side task for the rest of the week, with minimal instruction.This, of course, culminates in a weekly celebration of a job well done with Food Fridays!Grading is based upon team work, documentation of observations, tasks, and materials, as well as group's ability to complete the tasks they have committed themselves to. Let The Games Begin!!!
May 2, 2014
The Richmond High School Urban Agriculture Course has completed the third week of their Final Practical Exam! Yay!
Students have really begun discovering a flow to their week, and it is truly inspiring to be able to take a step back, minimize instruction, and just watch how well everyone is growing!We closed the week the combination five crops grown by our students: Lacinato Kale, Valencia Onions, California Early White Garlic, Nantes Carrots, and Slow Bolt CIlantro. The resulting Kale Salad, with a squirt of Meyer Lemon Juice and a smidgen of Parmesan Cheese, was the perfect end to a beautiful week of GROWING OUR OWN!Stay tuned for more updates from the Richmond High Urban Agriculture Course!
June 6, 2014
Congratulations Richmond High School Class of 2014!!!We ended the Urban Agriculture Course course this year with a 20 minute meditation out at the farm, a reflection, and post class survey...so proud of everyone in the course, ya'll grew so much over the past year!!
Students practicing their powers of mindfulness and meditation out at the farm. Starting with a 1 minute meditation months ago, students are now able to perform mindful breathing and meditation for over 20 minutes.
"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” - Masanobu Fukuoka
When asked... "What did you like about this course?" Here are what a few students had to say:
As we close the school year, the Summer Apprentice Prorgam begins... follow along as we go deeper into Urban Agriculture with 40 new youth on a 6week intensive adventure!
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