A Message from Mike Schneider, Project Pickle
Are we having fun yet? Welcome to a new year of “Hort in the Hood” in the Delta School District.
For more than five years, the Delta School District has been a proud leader and innovator in agricultural education. What started as a modest undertaking to promote agri-literacy in our classrooms has grown in to a well-known teaching tool in Delta and beyond. Project Pickle, the tale of seed to burger, chronicles the complex journey within the food system that results in the crunchy snack that we probably take for granted. Along this journey are many lessons that will help children in our school district appreciate how to grow, harvest, market and ultimately eat homegrown food.
Students get involved in fall cleanup, planting bulbs and looking at seed charts to prepare their choices for spring and summer crops. Lessons in nutritional health are also a big focus for the programming and students will sample their crop choices prior to seeding and again at harvest time. Students work together to manage the complexities of growing food and will participate in hands on learning goals that match well with the new curriculum. It is hoped that students will maintain an interest in food and farming.