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Editor’s note: In the 14-year history of Earth School in Westchester County, NY, its non profit sponsor, Something Good in the World, has excelled in delivering rich educational farm to table learning programs to thousands of children living in nearby communities.

In recent years Earth School has successfully extended its reach to needy school districts in the area, and to elementary school kids from the Harlem Children's zone, with a goal of serving 1,000 economically disadvantaged children and families each year.

In 2012 Child Advocacy 360 proudly joined the Earth School sponsorship family, with a view to inspiring other communities throughout the country to provide similar after-school and in-school experiences for kids. We are already hard at work in New York and neighboring states--opening new doors--using personal visits--our famous Who's Doing What That Works journalism--and easy-to-use learning materials--to develop robust Farm-to-Table agricultural collaborations and initiatives.

We are very pleased that The Earth School concept already appears nationwide in varied forms. What is new, and very fresh, about Something Good in the World's program, is a cutting edge communication discipline—social media, yes-- an excellent Digging in the Dirt blog series--and punchy home-grown videos that work in tandem to keep the kids, families, and whole communities, engaged.

 

From Earth School’s blog: Comfort in the meantime

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

From Earth School’s blog: Comfort in the meantime

Editor’s note: In this blog post from Earth School, Barbara Sarbin describes the challenge of building an Earth School for refugee children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Click here to visit it. Back in the early spring of 2014, I was approached by the director and staff members of a shelter in Westchester County, because they were about to embark on a new project and they wanted my help. They told me that they were going to be receiving a group of 12 children each...

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Child-sized backyard farming

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

Child-sized backyard farming

Editor’s note: An idea like “backyard farming” expands the Earth School concept so that it’s less reliant on access to a farm environment. In this post, Barbara Sarbin shares some ideas she tried to get kids more connected with nature. —Hershel Sarbin, Editor One Earth School practice is to teach backyard farming in a child-size fashion that incorporates recycled materials.  In a farm-based education circumstance, children don’t need to farm in straight lines...

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Getting Hands Dirty: A Good Thing, Really!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

Getting Hands Dirty: A Good Thing, Really!

Anyone can give a farm tour, or lead students on a field trip, but lasting educational impact comes with real experiential learning. Whatever you do with children in a farm-based or gardening situation has to be hands-on, in which the children actually get dirty. To really understand soil and compost, you have to get your hands in it. To really understand why worms are heroes, you have to pick them up. To get the thrill of eating a fresh strawberry, you have to pick it right from the patch and...

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Adapting one’s educational programming to the moment

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

Adapting one’s educational programming to the moment

Editor’s note: A success story and a compelling argument for starting your own Earth School. —Hershel Sarbin, Editor One more success story is to do with being flexible, adapting one’s educational programming to the moment, to the weather, to the needs of the children of that class on that day. In “Walking on Water,” author Derrick Jensen quotes William Torrey Harris, U.S. commissioner of education in1906, who wrote: “Ninety-nine (students) out of a hundred are automata,...

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The Power of Free Play – Outdoors

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Earth School, Featured | 0 comments

The Power of Free Play – Outdoors

It has always been very important to me to be outdoors with children because it brings out the best in them. I could never be an indoor classroom teacher. Even when I spent 7 years teaching at a marvelous private school in Brooklyn Heights, I gradually found more and more ways to get my students out of the building. More recently, I have seen dramatic shifts in behavior among inner city youth, especially teenagers, when I work with them outside of the school environment. Why is this? Something...

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“Kid-Powered”: Turning a County-Owned Farm Into an Earth School

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Earth School | 0 comments

“Kid-Powered”: Turning a County-Owned Farm Into an Earth School

An Interview with Barbara Sarbin, founder of Earth School Editor’s note, January 10, 2013: Earth School has a new blog that chronicles its programs. Click here to visit it. In his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, journalist (and former CFK senior editor) Richard Louv coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder” to describe children’s growing disconnection from the natural world and the attendant consequences for behavior and development. It’s a term that...

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