Currently, Dillard Academy Charter School integrates a 3 acre farm into the whole school curriculum, year round.
CASTLES after-school program kids open the 2009 Food & Society conference in San Jose, CALIFORNIA, singing about their garden!
SEED to SALES program at CASTLES, run by Cheryl Alston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Science Curriculum Component – To implement a hands-on and minds-on creative farm/garden academic program based on the Down To Earth science curriculum, aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
− scientific inquiry knowledge of observing, comparing, measuring, communicating, analyzing, generating, and evaluating data; increased appreciation of the investigative process;
− introduction of career-related options and information;
− connection of academic study and science inquiry to daily lives;
− providing opportunities to engage technology
2. Market Farm/Garden Component – To establish a student run working farm/garden and have students market and sale produce from that garden
− involve parents in program activities;
− experiential learning in math and science activities in a start to completion, and on-going project
3. Mentor/Link Component – to expose 3rd-6th grade students to community seniors, science professionals, and high-school and college students
− positive mentoring experiences and interactions with scientists;
− linking students to ongoing science programs and older students;
− involving parents and other community members
4. Outreach and Acknowledgement Component – To craft opportunities for students to publicize their successes, including the creation, publication and sale of a student cookbook; the presentation to parents and community members at the End-of-Summer Exposition; participation in community-based Wayne Local Foods Initiative projects
− providing students with opportunities to explain their program successes and knowledge of science and mathematics to others;
− enhancing leadership skills and community engagement
Seeds to Sales Goals:
1.) Nurture student enthusiasm in science and math studies and career options through day-to-day learning experiences in a creative and engaging science-based, cross-curriculum;
2.) Help students achieve and increase grade-level performance according to NC Standard Course of Study;
3.) Create a replicable model program combining science learning, intergenerational mentoring, cultural understanding, and community action; and
4.) Improve student knowledge, practices, and community involvement regarding healthy foods, in a quality after school and summer program.