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Ripe for Change
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Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools takes a big-picture view of the school garden movement and the state of garden-based learning in public K-8 education. The book frames the garden movement for educators and shows how school gardens have the potential to be a significant resource for teaching and learning. In this inviting and accessible book, the author: Summarizes the current school gardening movement and the emerging field of garden-based learning Provides an overview of the origins, benefits, and barriers to school gardening Explores sustainable models for garden-based learning Includes five case studies of successful partnerships between urban districts and nonprofit school gardening organizations around the country Illustrates how gardens can be used to integrate academic lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards Includes examples of important tools available forassessing the impact of school gardens Ripe for Change reveals a wealth of resources to show how garden-based learning is being implemented in a systematic way in public education, and offers next steps to widen and deepen the practice to reach children in all schools.
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Jane S. Hirschi is the founding director of CitySprouts in Cambridge and Boston, USA.

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The benefits of garden-based learning are enormous."Ripe for Change"is a powerful tool to enhance learning that every school should utilize. Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network" School gardens are transformative. They turn asphalt into greenery, cause second-graders to stuff their mouths with spinach, and unlock a child's inherent love of learning. Nobody knows this potential better than CitySprouts founder Jane Hirschi."Ripe for Change"is the perfect resource for anyone looking to join the growing school garden movement. Curt Ellis, cofounder and CEO, FoodCorps" Real-life examples from five urban settings underline the history and importance of learning from the garden as a means to transform public schools."Ripe for Change"has ideas and resources for school professionals and educators interested in connecting school gardens with classroom lessons. Anupama Joshi, executive director and cofounder of the National Farm to School Network" In"Ripe for Change," Jane Hirschi makes a straightforward, compelling, and uplifting case for the need for outdoor experiences at a time when many teachers and administrators feel they must tether students to desks and do little beyond test preparation. The book s case studies illustrate that it is indeed possible to engage students in meaningful experiences while simultaneously addressing standards. Jeff Winokur, early childhood and elementary science educator, Wheelock College and Education Development Center" "Ripe for Change" is a terrific how-to handbook for parents and schools about how to bring together two natural friends: school children and edible gardens. Louisa Kasdon, "Edible Boston"" "I found Hirschi's book to be inspiring. She writes with passion for the topic as a leader in the garden-based learning arena... [The book] provides practical information on a process that could bring immense benefits to your students. " -- Kristin Liewehr Bishop, National Association of Elementary School Principals "Ripe for Change is a terrific how-to handbook for parents and schools about how to bring together two natural friends: school children and edible gardens." -- Louisa Kasdon, Edible Boston I found Hirschi s book to be inspiring. She writes with passion for the topic as a leader in the garden-based learning arena... [The book] provides practical information on a process that could bring immense benefits to your students. Kristin Liewehr Bishop, National Association of Elementary School Principals" Ripe for Change is a terrific how-to handbook for parents and schools about how to bring together two natural friends: school children and edible gardens. Louisa Kasdon, Edible Boston"

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