Raised bed agriculture was developed in Asia from the collective experience of several hundred generations of farmers. They found it to be the most efficient garden method for sustained, high productivity on the household and community level, with little or no machinery. Raised bed agriculture is energetically efficient and more productive per area than conventional industrial agriculture.
One of the Miracles of Life is the Creation of Food
In the 1980s, 4th grade classes from local Falmouth schools would come New Alchemy to learn about vegetable gardening. In 1988, Judith Salisbury developed a curriculum that was used by every 4th grade class in Falmouth, and all the participating elementary schools had a garden at the school for hands-on experience, and experiments. After a dormant period, several schools are again turning to gardening for hands-on STEM education.
The lessons are organized by months from September – June, including classroom study, science experiments, and establishing an outdoor garden. Each month topics were investigated, including vegetables, seeds, plant biology, seasons, insects, soil life, composting, soil, pesticides, fertilizer, trees, geology and more.
There is a renewed interest in science-based learning for children with practical benefits in a climate-challenged world. The Green Classroom is a tested, convenient way for teachers to provide such garden-focused knowledge to today’s students, who may need these skills in their future.