Featured photo: March, 2017, Turner-Bartels (TBK8) second grade class. TTF2S Sustainability Coordinator Li Zhu joined by Patel College professor Brooke Hansen, led students in a four-day cafeteria food waste audit with the help of TBK8, USF & Patel College volunteers.
Educational Value of School-Based Gardens After more than two decades studying the impacts of educational schoolyard gardens, social scientists agree that these kind of educational spaces, when utilized as intentional teaching tools, produce significantly higher test scores and other learning outcomes, improve behavior, offer therapeutically valuable engagements, and motivate schoolchildren in their own education.
Adrian Gonzalez, USF Patel College of Global Sustainability student says this about his work on school gardens: "Temple Terrace Farm 2 School has made an exciting, hands on experience internship for me during the Fall of 2017. By bringing together educators, businesses and volunteers, students K-12 are provided with a diversified set of learning tools involving outdoor activities. By working closely with school personnel this internship helped me identify the real world needs for students and teachers, in terms of school gardening and recycling. In addition, the Temple Terrace Farm 2 school team has made it easy for me to apply my expertise and interest to the organization. This community-based organization is an excellent model for all schools to partner with in order to sustain into the future."
Special thanks to Gerry and Beth Curts and the Ward-Mitchell Civil Trial Attorneys for funding the 2017/18 TTF2S student internship program. We could not do what we do without the financial contributions of these fine folks. Please join these individuals and community minded organizations who are working with us to give young people hands on agricultural experiences.
Join us! USF Stampede of Service Workday on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9am-1pm @ Turner-Bartels K-8, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Ken Ward, Tampa personal injury lawyer, was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and is the sixth generation of his family to live in the city. He was educated in the public school system and attended Greco Middle School and C. Leon King High School where he was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams. Ken went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and then graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.