18 students, LO teacher, Care teacher, social kitchen garden of Sliedrecht municipality
The Grienden College has created a new elective subject that can be chosen by the final exam students (Nutrition and Exercise). This subject strongly emphasizes sustainability, both ecological sustainability (such as environmental and animal welfare impacts of food transport and food production) and social sustainability (good health and well-being).
A partnership with the local social kitchen garden was started to send students out with vegetables grown locally, to be harvested by the student and processed into a home-cooked meal.
Students also sowed, transplanted, tended and harvested plants themselves from the GrowWizzkid greenhouse that the Grienden College has had at school since this year. So this was at an earlier stage in the growing process: sowing the plants themselves and checking and watering them regularly. The choice was made for 'edible greens' such as basil, cress, arugula, etc. The advantage of this was also that this grows quickly and thus students see results quickly. The student was instructed to narrate this in a 'visual storytelling'. So again, in addition to healthy eating, the emphasis was on growing vegetables locally and incorporating them into a meal.
The elective and visit to the vegetable garden is one of the good practices of the SustainaBul VO. Do you also want to take sustainable steps at your school? Join the SustainaBul VO network via the website or contact project manager Eline Koopman. Stay updated on learning for sustainable development in secondary education? Sign up for the network VO for Tomorrow!