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Posted on 19 December 2011 by

From Backpacks to Garden Skills-Teaching a New Generation of Gardeners

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

During my time as a schoolteacher, I have seen and heard some horrid things.

Some things I stepped up and did something about it while others, I am ashamed to say, I did not.

I had hoped and prayed that someone else would step up and do the right thing but in this situation it never happened.

I live with my decision everyday and wonder if I could have really changed the course that this student was traveling but since I cannot turn back the hands of time I will never know. But…

This but always seems to pop up when I am faced with a dilemma so this year I have decided to face the dread but and do something about it. I have decided not to wait, hope and pray for change but instead make the change myself and this change is going to start in my community.

My community has suffered from economic downfall like many other communities far and wide. While this community has never really been rich, the past few years have really take a toll on the residents. More and more kids are on the free or reduced lunch program while others are flooding the already full backpack program. This program packs food in backpacks for kids to take on Friday and return on Monday. In many situations, this is all Read the rest of this entry »


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