Would you like to connect your students with a school garden in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe?
Welcome to the Global Garden Exchange (GGE), a brand new program we are launching as part of Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program! GGE aims to connect schools in the US with those around the world through cultural exchange and shared learning around school gardens.
As an international email “Pen Pal” program geared towards students of all ages, the Global Garden Exchange aims to facilitate interactions and learning between youth from school gardens abroad and those in the United States. Our hope is the GGE can transform young people into global citizens with a sense of empathy, compassion, responsibility and interconnectedness. As a participating teacher, you will be able to send and receive emails, photos, and stories with your “sister garden.” Topics of conversation may include culture, food, hobbies, family life, and of course gardening (crops, planting seasons, climate, and growing practices to name a few). GGE is first and foremost about cultivating understanding, exchange, and learning, not funding or money. It could turn into a traditional recipe swap, an opportunity for your students to build their English language skills, or perhaps lifelong friendships and travel abroad. The possibilities are endless!
Slow Food USA is proud to be working with the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project to connect schools in Africa to ones in the United States. Like the 10,000 Gardens project, the Global Garden Exchange aims to build connections between young people and agricultural biodiversity as well as an appreciation for how food and culture connect to build community, tradition, and environmental sustainability.
We hope to start the Global Garden Exchange as a pilot program, connecting a few sites over the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out and return the teacher application below. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
If you are interested in participating in the Global Garden Exchange, please submit an application.
**Please note that we will be in touch after your application has been submitted to let you know more details about the program. And not every school that submits an application will be chosen for the pilot program.