- Series: HEL Impact Series
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Education Press (April 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612507719
- ISBN-13: 978-1612507712
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools (HEL Impact Series)
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“The benefits of garden-based learning are enormous. Ripe for Change is a powerful tool to enhance learning that every school should utilize.” — Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network
“School gardens are transformative. They turn asphalt into greenery, cause second-graders to stuff their mouths with spinach, and unlock a child's inherent love of learning. Nobody knows this potential better than CitySprouts founder Jane Hirschi. Ripe for Change is the perfect resource for anyone looking to join the growing school garden movement.” — Curt Ellis, cofounder and CEO, FoodCorps
“Real-life examples from five urban settings underline the history and importance of learning from the garden as a means to transform public schools. Ripe for Change has ideas and resources for school professionals and educators interested in connecting school gardens with classroom lessons.” — Anupama Joshi, executive director and cofounder of the National Farm to School Network
“In Ripe for Change, Jane Hirschi makes a straightforward, compelling, and uplifting case for the need for outdoor experiences at a time when many teachers and administrators feel they must tether students to desks and do little beyond test preparation. The book’s case studies illustrate that it is indeed possible to engage students in meaningful experiences while simultaneously addressing standards.” — Jeff Winokur, early childhood and elementary science educator, Wheelock College and Education Development Center
Jane S. Hirschi is the founding director of CitySprouts in Cambridge and Boston.
David Sobel is the director of the Teacher Certification Programs and the Center for Place-Based Education at Antioch University New England.
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Ripe for Change uses cases studies of different school systems to demonstrate how garden-based learning in schools can be a winning proposition for schools, children, parents, and entire communities. Hirschi shares various approaches and potential barriers, as well as resources for implementing and evaluating garden-based learning.
If you just want a little garden for your child and his friends to play in, there are plenty of other books out there. But if you are a parent or educator who believes that garden-based learning can and should be thoughtfully integrated into your school system and you want to learn from an expert, I highly recommend this book. Ripe for Change makes a compelling case for garden-based learning and it provides great information for starting and maintaining such a program. - Martha Stein