My name is Christine Mitchell and I am excited to announce that I will be your new Garden Coordinator at Washington Elementary School. I have recently relocated to the Bay Area and have decided to call this quaint community of Point Richmond my home. When I heard about the Garden Coordinating position, I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to combine my life skills. I have a passion for the environment, food and sustainability. It is so important for the next generation to feel empowered to thrive and grow with skills that they can use throughout their lifetime. I feel that gardening and environmental science is one way to do that.
As a parent and teacher, I believe in starting children young with basic principals for healthy eating through proper nutrition. Washington School Community Garden is an excellent way to teach children where their food comes from. It is also a rewarding way to show the students and the community that gardening can be fun. Skills learned through the gardening program and the local food movement will not only educate, but will hopefully inspire them to implement these practices at home.
This program is an excellent way to teach children about the impact their choices can make on not only their environment, but also their own health.
The basic principles I would like to incorporate into the School Gardening program:
- Composting practices
- Plant Identification/Education
- Straw Bale Gardening
- Giving back to the community
Please let me know what areas of learning we can coordinate into your curriculum.
I am passionate about food, farming and education. I believe everyone has a green thumb. If a student is given the right tool and education they can make positive choices that will last a lifetime. Gardening can be a fun environment for children touch, smell and create. The education of an “Urban Farmer” begins in our schools, backyards and community. I look forward to working with you!