Beard School Garden is part of the 100 Urban Gardens Initiative, a partnership between PACT, Whole Kids Foundation & Indiegogo to build 100 urban gardens across 100 cities in the US.
Because gardens produce healthier food. Only 2% of American children eat enough fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 3 American children born after 2000 is at risk for Type II diabetes. A garden is an introduction to the real, healthy food students and families need access to.
Because gardens can help fix America's nature deficit. With more than 80% of Americans living in cities and suburbs, we need to work harder than ever to teach the values of natural processes.
Because gardens are a living laboratory for education. Not just healthy food—a lesson on what producing healthy food requires. Not just exposure to nature—a way for children to literally harvest the fruits of their labor.
A True Seed Investment
For as little as $10, you can help a community reap all the benefits a garden has to offer. In just 39 days, we plan to raise $2500 per garden; to feed, teach, and inspire people in each of these 100 communities. Here are a few things our garden plans to do with your donations:
There are 172 primary-aged students in attendance at Beard School. Our school serves children with severe autism and profound social-emotional disorders with the exception of one classroom for pre-kindergarteners who are at high risk. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom allows students to explore the natural environment through hands-on experiences with structured and non-structured activities. The purposes of natural exploration include the development of learning skills such as observation, concentration, problem-solving, science and math concepts, imagination and creativity. Social interaction with peers can be fostered through group problem solving and construction activities. Vocabulary development and communication skills can be expanded and extended through teacher-led exploration activities and experiments, as well as through peer-to-peer conversations and interactions. Garden and cooking activities will aid in meeting all the above mentioned skills as well as the sensory needs of our students.
Check us out on Nature Explore.org and make sure to CHECK OUT THE GALLERY FOR IMAGES & VIDEOS
Look Good, Do Good
With every contribution to our garden, donors will receive organic, ethical perks from PACT. Our socks, undies, and t-shirts are produced to high standards of sustainability, with the comfiest organic materials we can find. You'll be giving out of the goodness of your heart, and in return you'll get PACT goodies. It's a win-win situation.