There’s been a lot happening in the past year here at the Green Schoolhouse. We’ve grown in some big, thrilling, and very fun ways. Just in case you aren’t totally up to speed, I thought I should take a moment to bring you into the circle.
We still host our day-camp-field-trips. These “field trips” are located at an amazing space in the Woodstock neighborhood. This space isn’t just about the garden. Yes, we plant and dig in the dirt, and harvest; we also notice the bugs, the birds, we play hard in the large open fields, we climb trees, we slow cook, we paint, we connect with other children from all the corners of Portland, we build new friendships, and we sprinkle it all with magic. The garden is our setting as children find new and authentic ways to create bonds between themselves and the natural world around them.
This year we also started to move into the after school programs at 3 public schools. I love school, I think school is important for many reasons, and I think after school is equally important. There are so many children who have nowhere to go after school, all over this country there are children who have no one to go home to, and at times no home, and the Green Schoolhouse wants to be there for children and their families to provide support. The goal of our after school presence is to create a safe environment based in… the environment, a space where children again have the opportunity to be curious about their ecology and dig into it through gardens, food, and play (and of course always magic). A quick plug, if you would like to see the Green Schoolhouse as an after school program at your school, drop a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last big adventure has been a new relationship with Portland Youth Builders. PYB is an incredible organization who “offers hope and a second chance at success for youth age 17-24 whose experiences with poverty, violence, drugs, hunger and loss have interrupted their route to success. Serving more than 200 young people a year, we offer a program of high school completion, vocational training, counseling, and support that helps our students find a new path and a clear vision of success filled with pride, leadership, and commitment to community.” I encourage you to check them out: pybpdx.org/ PYB and Green Schoolhouse have been working together to create a curriculum that engages youth and young adults in food, health, and nutrition while also understanding the time and monetary constraints that exist. As of right now this is an unfunded connection, and if you would like to contribute to the development, please be in touch to set up a donation.