Introduction to Edible Education
“Changing the way people see the world, so they can change the world” requires an extended, relevant, and motivating experience. Growing our food sustainably is as eye opening, humbling, and educational as experiences come. The yearlong experience motivates students with images of bulging red tomatoes and bright sweet melons and carries them through the hot, sweaty, and weedy summer and into the bountiful fall. At the end, reflection on lessons about consistency, perseverance, and life-long-learning abound. Whether you're a young child wandering in the school garden, a high schooler freezing through your first four-season harvest, or a greenhorn struggling daily on a 1/2 acre organic farm, you'll learn something everyday if you're paying attention.
Taking sustainable growing to production-scale requires matching local conditions, demands, and resources to growing methods. Farm Fairies help beginning farmers access land and farm incubators allow tailored growing methods to be developed in a lower-risk situation. Young farmers need this edible education to learn to implement low-input farming methods if they're going to build community and provide more sustainable food.
Everyone needs to become involved in supporting edible education if we're going to change the way people see our food. So engage others in your efforts, whether you've just started or having been honing your growing skills for many years. After all, growing is, in itself, an education.