What: Farm to School Month Celebration at City High School
When: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: City High School, 47 East Pennington Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Join City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School for a celebration of National Farm to School Month on Thursday, October 29. The event will take place in the new urban garden on the schools’ Pennington Street campus – an open-air space for play, exploration, learning and growing food that ties with the schools’ focus on project-based learning and sustainability.
The urban garden was designed and created by students from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) in collaboration with students and staff from the middle school and high school. The project, known as the SLUG: Sustainable Laboratory + Urban Garden, received funding from a University of Arizona Green Fund grant and the two schools. Collaboration for the project also included the UA Sustainable City Project, Pima County Public Library Seed Library and Originate Natural Building Materials.
The garden, which includes an aquaponics system, is an important component of the Farm to School program for the two downtown schools, along with their involvement in Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm.
Students in the urban gardening class will be giving tours. Students in the culinary class will create and serve beverages and appetizers incorporating plants harvested from the urban garden and Las Milpitas.
City High School, founded in 2004, is a public charter school in downtown Tucson, Arizona, with a focus on civic engagement and college readiness. City High School seeks to engage students through “challenging academics and the community resources of Greater Tucson to become active citizens and responsible stewards of the world.”
The Paulo Freire Freedom Schools (at both the University and Downtown locations) provide early adolescents in grades 6-8 with “an innovative educational program that ensures they are prepared for the 21st Century.” The schools are focus on ensuring that students are “deeply engaged in learning about issues that are real and relevant and that directly impact their lives and the community they live in, and credit the schools’ small size with allowing their students to be “known as individuals and celebrated for who they are and what they can contribute.”
City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom Schools are under the umbrella of the education nonprofit CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.
Header image from the SLUG Studio webpage.