For our final program of 2018, we feature some encouraging work that has been done this year in the KC metro around educating the next generation of environmental stewards. Guests Alicia Ellingsworth of The Farm School at Gibbs Road and the Kansas City Food Hub as well as Jennifer Thomas of Healthy School/Healthy Community who are working together on initiatives to teach about sustainability and agriculture in Turner.
The Farm School at Gibbs Road
The Farm School at Gibbs Road empowers individuals through on farm, hands on experiences and vocational education connecting them to the land, food, themselves and their communities.
The center of its community, the farm generates an inspiring environment transforming the individual and society through community-wide, multi-generational, participatory, and collaborative food projects and while it provides vocational training, job opportunities, healing and fun.
Healthy School/Healthy Community
The Turner Healthy School/Healthy Community project provides Turner High School (THS) students place-based, project-based, cross-curricular learning with an environmental education, citizen science focus. Students became change agents as they gathered and analyzed data about the overall health of the school and community they live, work and play in. They developed plans to mitigate environmental concerns in their home school and eventually across the district and community. Students act as citizen scientists as they monitor air and water quality within THS and evaluate the efficiency of the district’s energy consumption and waste disposal processes. Students created a sustainable green space and gardens on THS’ campus for all district stakeholders to enjoy. They developed, organized and implemented sustainability events that all district stakeholders can participate in.