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When aschoolthere was talk of "domestic economy“, In the classroom, we teach grow vegetablesas a preliminary step to the program.Cultivating the garden at schoolit can be a highly instructive experience, in fact we speak of"Didactic garden"To teach pupils the garden culture by educating them on the self-production of food. Among the vegetables that lend themselves well to cultivationamong the school desks there are itomatoes,very consumed in Italian families and very easy tocultivate. It is appropriate to say it,grow tomatoesit's child's play, above allat school!
Today's youth hardly have the opportunity to play in a field oftomatoes. Children live far from cultivated lands and very often they do not even know the origin of the food. Last May I took part in an educational program for elementary school pupils. I was amazed to see some children draw the tomato tree between the apple and pear trees. In short, they had never seen one seedling of tomatoes! Of course, today's children have much more knowledge in the technological field, but they need a direct approach to the earth especially to understand seasonality and the importance of food.
When I was in elementary school I (I can't believe I wrote this sentence! I look like an old berry ...!), the science teacher made us do a very simple experiment: she asked us to put a fresh bean in a wad of cotton wool and keep it away from the cold but next to the window to absorb light. So the science teacher explained to us how the seeds germinated and passed on the basic notions of photosynthesis.
Why this premise? I'll get there right away!
Teachers who intend to set up adidactic gardencan intersect thecultivationwith the classic school program so as to give the garden a multidisciplinary character. If in the first semester children can sprout any seed and learn science, in the second semester they can startgrow tomatoesand learn notions of environmental sensitivity, food education and conscious consumption. Children need to be educated in consumption so that they become more aware adults. Do these concepts seem too elaborate for a child? I assure you that it takes very little for kids to understand that buying at zero km is healthier for the environment or than buyingtomatoesbulk is cheaper because you don't pay for the wrapping nor produce garbage!
Not to mention all the points of reflection that intersect with the civics program (By the way! Is it still done in school? Looking at the behavior of today's teenagers ... I doubt it!): cultivate the landis the best way to teach children to take care of a common good!
In more practical terms, howevergrowing tomatoes at schoolyou can start in mid-April. If in the first semester the children sprouted a bean, in the second semester they will be able to transplant a tomato seedling of already decent size. If theschoolhas little green space, better to use it for recreation and to allocate large containers to the garden to keep in class or it is possible to create a "furrow "along the perimeter of the courtyard. Each space has its own needs and it will be up to the teachers to make the most of the resources of theschool.