This summer, BOD is once again teaching a summer camp based on the Urban Design and Sustainability Program. In this five week camp, we work with third through fifth graders from the Renaissance Charter School summer program. This is the first of five blog posts to highlight each week of this exciting and educational camp!
Week 1, a short week, allowed for introductions, visiting TRCS’s rooftop garden, and learning about BOD's guiding philosophy: permaculture. What is permaculture? It’s a new name for an old way of thinking. Permaculture is rooted in the belief that humans are inherently connected to the natural world, not separate. Permaculture is about optimal placement for maximum benefit and mimicking nature's patterns of design. After their initial tour of Renaissance’s beautiful rooftop garden, the UDSP crew brainstormed about future interactive projects keeping this in mind.
This week the 4-5 class spent time getting to learn about permaculture and its significance in changing the direction of our destructive farming practices. We looked at how present day corporate farming is rooted maximum production without long in greed and power with disregard to nature and people while permaculture seeks to honor the all life forms in its design.
We introduced 4 design principles based on how mother nature designs itself.
In order to cement the meaning of these founding principles of permaculture, we watched the Seed the Movie, held animated discussions, drew on real-life situation, and played games.
In Culinary the children made peppermint herb tea to help understand how herbs can be used. We tasted honey that has been processed in different ways so that the children could taste the by-product of bees and understand the difference between natural and heavily processed. We also made homemade canned pickles, and vegan zucchini muffins.
In Arts n’ Build the kids spent a lot of time decorating their observation notebooks. Using the principles we delved into, some started working on creating a functioning garden with watercolors.