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Students connect Belize classrooms, gardens, communities

Cornell Chronicle, April 8 2013:

Twelve Cornell students practiced their “taking things in stride” skills when they traveled to Belize over spring break, as part of the Experiential Garden-Based Learning in Belize (HORT/IARD 3200) course.

The students were well-prepared for their mission to lead classroom activities that integrate gardening into the curriculum, reinforce those lessons with hands-on gardening experiences, and engage the community in building and supporting school gardens.

What they didn’t know was that two of the three teachers in the Barranco village school where they were scheduled to work would suddenly be called away for the beginning of the week.

“Our students really rose to the occasion,” said Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior lecturer in the Department of Horticulture and the course’s instructor. “Particularly in global service learning experiences, we stress the need to be flexible and practical. And the students saw this as an opportunity, not a calamity.”

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Ava Ryan ’13 with students showing their work from the garden-based learning lesson ‘Eat a Rainbow’ – a lesson that focuses on nutrition.

Ava Ryan ’13 with students showing their work from the garden-based learning lesson ‘Eat a Rainbow’ – a lesson that focuses on nutrition.

More images by Ava Ryan:

Bryan Sobel, MS candidate in the Graduate Field of Horticulture, demonstrates how to break ground for a garden bed. The students built two gardens outside the school in Barranco, a Garifuna Village in the Toledo District in southern Belize.Justin Kondrat ’14 helps younger students create garden-based images and stories. Asia Peureux ’14 explores the cycle of life in her science lesson with village students.Shoshana Mitchell ‘14 demonstrates how to make a garden journal during a Toledo District Teacher training.HORT/IARD 3200 students prepare for their return trip to Ithaca.

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