Community-School Garden

 To solve a community need, my team created an outline and pitched the idea to community leaders in Washtenaw County. We analyzed the role that a community garden could play to create an ecosystem to support a variety of needs facing older adults and young students. Many people of all ages around our country face barriers when it comes to getting healthy fruits and vegetables to supply a nutritious diet. We complimented this with a need for restorative justice practices in schools that can foster a better educational environment. Using a restorative justice framework, we believe this garden can harbor the power of intergenerational community building to foster meaning, purpose, and belonging in our society. Older adults in the community can mentor and support young students as they learn to grow and maintain a garden. While enjoying the fruits of their labor, students and older adults can gain exposure to new greens they may not have access to when living in food deserts. 

To solve a community need, my team created an outline and pitched the idea to community leaders in Washtenaw County. We analyzed the role that a community garden could play to create an ecosystem to support a variety of needs facing older adults and young students. Many people of all ages around our country face barriers when it comes to getting healthy fruits and vegetables to supply a nutritious diet. We complimented this with a need for restorative justice practices in schools that can foster a better educational environment. Using a restorative justice framework, we believe this garden can harbor the power of intergenerational community building to foster meaning, purpose, and belonging in our society. Older adults in the community can mentor and support young students as they learn to grow and maintain a garden. While enjoying the fruits of their labor, students and older adults can gain exposure to new greens they may not have access to when living in food deserts.