“As a kid, I loved when there was some kind of performance at school,” says Lisa Fernandez, co-founder of Compost Theatre, a duo that travels to schools and festivals. “It’s fun to see that what sparks a child can often stay true for a lifetime.” The traveling show that she and her “partner in compost” Jody Schwan created years ago – and continue to revise – is meant to engage, teach, and persuade people about the process and value of composting and recycling.
The National Gardening Association and Mantis partner annually to select dedicated youth and community gardens for the Mantis Award. Applications are welcomed from all nonprofit groups and award recipients receive their own Mantis tiller/cultivator. In 2006 Mantis generously awarded 25 garden programs. Here are inspiring stories from a few of these deserving programs.
A school garden can be an opportunity; it can be a habitat for insects; it can be a process that brings plants and children into bloom; it can be innumerable other things. The four dimensions I’ve written about demonstrate the enhancement that children’s curiosity and inherent experimentation bring to the basic opportunity.