25 September 2010

Community Gardens

To welcome our new school year, RAD students are exploring the various functions of “community life.”  Beginning with the alternative school community that immediately involves them, RAD students Leroy, Leif, Nova and Phoebe set the standards and guidelines for a school community to function effectively while their parents and teacher, Christina, set up a classroom community that would foster a year-long exploration for the 6- and 7-year olds.

                                    Comparing plots in a community garden on Greene.
 Walking to the Target Community Garden.

   Our first trip was a walking tour of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy during which RAD students delved into the workings of 7 public community gardens.  In each garden we alighted on revelations regarding the (dis)organization, structure and complications involved in running an organization as a group.

 First picnic in Fort Greene Park.

 Communicating under the bridge.