Emily Reckard is the FoodCorps service member at Mundo Verde Public Charter School. In her role, she runs their garden-based programming including the school garden market, family garden workdays, garden club, garden therapy, and more. This month we asked her, “When was your Farm to School ‘aha’ moment?” Here’s her reply:
I have loved my role with FoodCorps and the opportunity to engage students with experiential learning around food. One of my first projects at Mundo Verde was to organize a Fall Garden Workday for families. My “aha” moment came during this workday, when a student who was harvesting beans exclaimed, “this is more fun than playing!” Over the past several months, I have seen students come alive and get so excited about learning when they are outside in the garden. Being able to work in the dirt with their hands engages students’ bodies and minds and allows them to experience how food grows for themselves. I look forward to continuing hands-on lessons with students in the garden and watching them come to their “aha” moments.