Our Grades Classes have been studying farming over the last month as one of their academic blocks. Blocks last three to four weeks to provide time for students to fully digest and assimilate the material. They have been studying the workings of a farm, where food comes from and behaviors and patterns of the animals on the farm.
In addition to their classroom studies they have had the great opportunity to visit the Last Organic Outpost each Friday during the school day to experience their academics first hand. The Last Organic Outpost, located in Houston's Fifth Ward, generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston's under-served neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art & education. They empower communities through sustainable agriculture that teaches residents to produce safe, healthy and accessible food for all.
The children spend their mornings sifting mulch to extract dirt to create a new "kale mountain," a form that rises up in the center of the farm what will soon be covered with fresh growing kale. They feed the horses and harvest cilantro, mesclun and other winter greens. And along the way find small surprises like frogs! This hands on outdoor experience with their peers builds comradery and an understanding of the importance of building sustainability and where our food really comes from.
We would like to thank Farmer Joe for working with our children.
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