“Every school should have a garden. It teaches the students how to think”
George Washington Carver
Every school is different. And so is every school garden. Some gardens grow vegetables and herbs. Some grow flowers and fruit. Some all the above. Some are managed by a few parents and students. Some by an outside non-profit organization. Some are used for science outdoors. Some are used to beautify the premises. Some are used to provide food for the homeless. Some to provide fresh food to the students.
Since #Familyhood is a community development strategy geared towards lifting low-income communities out of poverty, the school garden, like the farmers market and grocery store are viewed as school -based enterprises which have the main goal of employing as many people from the community as possible and generating the revenue necessary to accomplish this. #Familyhood defines school gardens as a low-cost, start-up enterprise.
#Familyhood utilizes the inter-generational population of the school and its legacy to
“employ as many people as possible” from the community.
The school garden is the typical meeting place for #1stSaturdays – the official monthly volunteer/recruitment day.
With a vision of “employing as many people as possible,” all the participants begin as volunteers.
After a few consecutive 1stSaturdays events, the school’s three main organizations (SGA,PTA,ALUMNI) should also see an increase in members. Hence, this is the “recruitment” aspect of 1st Saturdays-to increase the membership of these three main organizations, thereby increasing the capacity of the school to successfully operate its school-based enterprises.