Today I took four of our amazing Green Ambassadors to help deliver a class on Halloween and the Day of the Dead. The main learning outcome was to get students to think about the relationship between food, culture, and history. We talked about the (spooky) history behind the Jack o’ Lantern, as well as the much longer history of the Day of the Dead and the Marigold. In terms of an activity, the students designed their own creepy Jack o’ Lanterns, ready to be cut next week!
We finally have a shed at Boclair! Thanks to the amazing efforts of our Green Ambassadors at the University of Glasgow over the past month, we were able to clear and level the site to prepare for shed-day. Using 3 layers of coarse gravel (hardcore), builder’s sand, and then concrete slabs, we constructed a stable base for the shed (which was then constructed this Monday). I’m so excited, as it means we can keep equipment, and even plants, outside…and dry!
Photos below represent the journey the wee plot of land took from summer to winter! We had help from Boclair Students along the way (digging like crazy!) – especially in sunnier weather!
Today I was so lucky to receive the help of amazing geography undergraduates from the University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences–as well as my visiting student (Masters) from South China Normal University. Our big job today was clearing up the garden (which is overrun!) and shifting all of the hardcore gravel from the roadside to the garden (which is so labour-intensive!). But we did it, and miraculously, the sun was out the whole time! Thanks again to Glasgow students for making this partnership real.
I was so excited to host Sallie Marston, Rachel Wehr, Blue Baldwin, and Moses Thompson from the University of Arizona’s Community and School Garden Program (https://schoolgardens.arizona.edu/about/staff ).
We achieved so much, worked hard, and shared lots of laughs! The purpose of their trip was strengthen our international partnership. We spent a full day at Boclair Academy across 6 different teaching periods. The Arizona team led two outdoor lessons which were so much fun (about 60 students involved in total). They also helped out in a further 4 different classes, and learnt a lot about guidance and counselling at the school (more on this later – there’s so much potential for a garden).
At the University of Glasgow, the Arizona team led a group presentation and Q&A on their school garden program (thanks all for coming!), followed by an afternoon workshop on ecological justice with geography undergraduates. This workshop involved students from across the degree program, and we’re already organising for working in the school garden and across our communities. We then headed to Baltic Street Adventure Playground – a fantastic greenspace!
Photos below from our time together….
Finishing off with a couple of photos of the garden in its present state – and a drone shot from a pupil!
Today the pupils measured their hands and feet to be able to use them for planting seeds in the future! They then used these measurements to practice spacing out different seeds!
Today was a glorious Glasgow day. Lots of sun! Victoria and I split the class into two and then rotated – half would help weed the front of the school, the other half came with me to sketch out their ideal school garden designs. Lots of creative blueprints! Bug hotels and ponds definitely came out on top of the wish-lists. Nice to use the benches I built, too – sturdy so far!
Today I visited Boclair to help out on the 10-week garden elective that Victoria is running. I had lots of volunteers for digging, and other pupils helped weed and maintain the site. The rain just about held off!
Julie and Victoria discuss the Arizona trip to other staff at Boclair Academy, and conduct a school garden “audit” to assess how the garden can be used for teaching beyond geography. Some amazing suggestions!
A wet and miserable day – but vital work on measuring out the shed foundations was done! Thanks Louise! On the Friday, the first gardening elective class harvested the garden for an epic amount of potatoes and onions!
I presented in this amazing session, “Urban Agriculture: Offering Hope and Health through Horticulture”: http://conference.rgs.org/AC2019/172
I discussed the amazing journey I’d made with colleagues, teachers, and pupils as part of the International Green Academy.