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Growing Home Looking for Intern for School Garden Project

The goal is to get gardens in all area schools.

The Growing Home and Learning Center is seeking an intern to help with its Growing Our Schools project.

This volunteer will oversee the Growing Home’s effort to build and maintain a garden in every school in Diamond Bar and the surrounding area.

“Right now, schools around the nation are setting up school gardens and garden programs,” said the Growing Home’s Rishi Kumar. “Today, children are bombarded with ads on the TV and the Internet telling them to eat terrible food. This has led to skyrocketing obesity rates, along with other preventable diseases. School gardens are important to teach kids at a very young age the importance of a good diet, and also the joys of being outdoors and interacting with nature, another big problem because of TV and Internet. Teaching children now will lead to them developing good habits throughout their lives.”

Currently, the Growing Home is working with Diamond Ranch High School and Diamond Point Elementary School, and is hoping to expand soon.

Anyone interested in the internship is asked to send an e-mail with their information to gosp@thegrowinghome.net.

Bob November 22, 2011 at 11:26 PM
What is this - the fourth article about "Growing Home"? I appreciate Rishi Kumar's enthusiasm, but I have a decidedly different take on all this. Having grown up on a farm, I think this is extremely misguided. Students need marketable skills in Math and Computer Science, not in how to farm. Teaching how to grow vegetables (something people in impoverished countries have learned to do since the beginning of time) is not something our schools should be spending time and money on. Imagine a poor child immigrating to the U.S. to obtain a better life from her poverty-stricken agrarian third world country, only to come to learn how to hoe and weed a vegetable garden? This "Grow your food at home" is simply a hobby for wealthy urbanites - nothing more. Check out http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/health_nutrition/food_consumption_and_nutrition.html to see the amount of fruit and vegetables a person in the US consumes in a given year. Do you really think you can grow 647.9 pounds of Fruits and Vegetables in your back yard each year (the per-capita annual consumption in the US)? Get real! Our students aren't falling behind the rest of the world in gardening. We're falling behind in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!
Gabriela Klein November 23, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Bob, there is one reason why I don't home school my boys. For us, the extracurricular activities are what enrich our kids. Being able to run, jump, shoot hoops, play in an orchestra, form a club and learn very essential leadership skills. I can't say my kids would be interested in a gardening club, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a place. I venture to say most children in the cities have never raised a plant, or been to a farm. Schools require wood shop, band, athletics, etc. A farming class would appeal to some, as it did in the inner city of New York. I think the articles about the Kumar's Growing Home continue because they are constantly thinking of ways to help and improve our community. Good for them! That being said, you are very correct about the state of our educational system, but not having an agriculture class will not help that.

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