BOD is proud to be back in high school classrooms! We partnered with A. Philip Randolph High School's Sustainability class for a 6-week series on “Introduction to Permaculture Design.” In our first weekly meeting, students began to grasp what healthy gardens look like, and got their creative juices flowing with some preliminary design work.
Next, we pushed students’ abstract thinking as they discovered how the permaculture principle “Produce No Waste” comes to life in real-world design. Students explored how urban composting mimics nature’s decomposition of organic matter, as well as intercepting organic materials heading to landfills.
Students have explored the principle of “Catch & Store Energy,” considering use of solar panels, closed drying racks and water capture through rain barrels. Students enthusiastically integrated their prior knowledge of physics, comparing collected water to dammed rivers as energy sources. As students get acquainted with permaculture principles and what they look like in action, they are building their “permaculture toolbox.”
Stay tuned for more updates from budding designers at the A. Philip Randolph site!