Participatory: Classes in the kitchen and garden model sustainable practices and engage children in hands-on lessons that connect food, health, and the environment.
Integrated: The program is linked to the academic curriculum through science and humanity classes in the Middle School. The EARTH garden serves as a tool for other teachers to conduct hands on learning.
Service Learning: ISU Interns have the opportunity to spend 12 weeks on island working on horticulture improvements, edible gardens, hands-on teaching and individual projects to further the goals of EARTH.
Delicious: EARTH strives to serve food that is local, organic, and seasonal. Goal is to offer tastings of a variety of foods throughout the school year and eventually to provide produce to the lunch room. All of the food grown goes to the students or the greater school community.
Sustainable: The program is linked to GHS’s goal of being a sustainable school. Through hands-on learning, EARTH teaches the impact that personal choices have on the environment and community, while fostering an understanding of interconnectedness.