AmeriCorps VISTA, CNCS/Pellissippi State Community College
Nothing is sustainable unless the next generation understands and acts. This has been one of the underlying, driving philosophies behind the directions in Elias Attea's life. Elias received his B.S. degree in Plant Sciences, conc. Organic and Sustainable Crop Production at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has been involved in urban agriculture projects for 4 years in various locations in the United States. Recently, they have found interest as an educator's role through garden pedagogy. Currently, they are an AmeriCorps VISTA, sponsored by Pellissippi State Community College, at Pond Gap Elementary as a school garden manager and garden program developer.
Tilling Fallow Land: How school gardens can be integral to the next generation of public schools.
BY ELIAS ATTEA
@ VOL 14
ON FEB 12, 2015
For a child, a garden is more than a greenspace. It can be a place for peace, learning, and ownership. School gardens have been a revisited movement that have caught much momentum in the United States, and Pond Gap Elementary is a local advocate. Horticultural pedagogy is more than just seeing plants grow. School gardens can be an alternative to a more natural and tangible outlet for school curriculum, therapy, and physical and emotional development.