Grow Green is a family-oriented urban agriculture program that serves as an outdoor classroom to foster critical S.T.E.M. concepts (e.g. science and math), teamwork , physical activity and creative skills.
Words hold a tremendous amount of power. They affect our relationships with others as well as what we end up creating in the world, and they are powerful tools for transforming the energy we project. I see words as seeds. Every time we plant a seed word, it will grow. In the garden of your life, are you planting seeds of love or seeds of hate and fear? – Sandra Ingerman in How to Heal Toxic Thoughts
The Grow Green program engages youth, families and other community members in all aspects of urban agriculture, including planning what to grow, preparing soil for planting, starting plants from seeds, taking care of plants
at all stages of their lives, selling produce and plants, and preserving produce for later use. Grow Green participants learn and use agricultural methods that are environmentally safe, conserve water, lower pesticide use, and
are easily adopted even by people with little experience or health handicaps.
Grow Green program goals includes the following:
- Youth become engaged with urban agriculture responsibilities and decisions
- Youth and families become more physically active
- Individuals have an opportunity to get back to nature
- Youth and families appreciate themselves as contributors to one another and the larger community
- Youth and families better understand healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyles, healthy environments, and change their behaviors accordingly.
- Youth and families can explore opportunities for ecotherapy
Grow Green is an outdoor classroom that teaches how to…
- Grow produce that is native to the area in which we live
- Grow produce in the most optimal season
- Avoid growing in contaminated soil Make and sell rain barrels
- Market a product
- Handle money
- Work as a team
- Recognize skill strength and areas in need of growth
- Use creative skills to make a profit
- …and more!!!
The SWAN Grow Green program supports the focus on those academic and professional disciplines that fall under the umbrella areas represented by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). According to both the U.S. National Research Council and the National Science Foundation, these disciplines are collectively considered core technological underpinnings of an advanced society. In many forums, the strength of the STEM workforce is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself, which supports SWAN’s interest in sustainable communities.