Sustainable Living: Garden to Table — a new course in sustainable living through gardening and food preparation — may be added to Middlebrook’s course offerings for sixth graders next school year.
If approved by the Board of Education, the course would provide students the necessary skills to “empower them to tackle life’s challenges and embrace a lifestyle that is sustainable and enriching to the community and the environment,” according to the course proposal by culinary arts teacher Heather Priest and sixth grade social studies teacher Will Mathews.
Priest and Mathews proposed the course to the Board of Education’s Teaching and Learning Committee on March 12, and shared it with the entire education board during its March 26 meeting.
“We’re calling it a sustainable living program because students are going to be gardening so they understand where the food comes from,” Priest told The Bulletin.
“We’re probably going to be doing half gardening, half cooking, so it’s going to be a little bit more than just taking food from a farm and cooking it. They’re going to be testing the soil, composting — all that kind of stuff.”