Soils are formed by the decomposition of rock and organic matter over many years. Soil properties vary from place to place with differences in bedrock composition, climate, and other factors. At times, the amounts of some soil elements and other substances may exceed levels recommended for the health of humans, animals, or plants. Certain chemical elements occur naturally in soils as components of minerals, yet may be toxic at some concentrations. Other potentially harmful substances may end up in soils through human activities.
Illinois Farm to School program provides youth, K-12, with access to nutritious meals, while supporting local farmers and communities. This program provides children with fresh, local food, and helps them understand where their food comes from and how food choices affect their health, environment and community.
Seeds of Change®, an organic seed and food company, is celebrating spring with the launch of the "Sowing Millions, Growing Minds" initiative and will donate 25 million seeds to help school children nationwide plant organic school gardens.
Soil quality is affected by many factors, including past and present land use and nearness to pollution sources. Soil test results and site history can provide information to guide efforts to improve garden quality and protect the health of gardeners, their families, and others in the community.
There are a whole myriad of ways in which the national curriculum can be delivered through school gardening. Here we give you just a flavour of what’s possible and include some useful links to more resources.
It’s not easy to keep pace with the youth gardening evangelist Mud Baron — in the real world or the virtual one. To keep up, you need to relentlessly advocate for schoolyard gardens full of food and flowers. You need be a constant presence on Twitter. (He has more than 24,000 followers.) You need to schlep all over Southern California to collect seeds. And you need to be willing to make people mad, to push teenagers to get dirty and to nudge companies to make donations.