mission of the WPES Garden Committee, by collaborating with West Patent
Elementary School, WPESA and the Bedford Central School District, is to
support the use of the West Patent Learning Garden as an educational
tool to provide a systems-thinking experience, weaving sustainability
into the curricula, by encouraging students to connect with and respect
their world in an open, hands-on, student-centered environment. Our goal
is to use the act of growing food as a lens for students to develop a
healthy curiosity of the interaction between humankind and the natural
It is vital for students to understand the lesson of the commons: the thoughtful and sustainable use of resources.
believe the sheer simplicity of nurturing a seed is a powerful tool for
future leaders, empowering them with perspective about sustainable
solutions and alternatives to tomorrow's problems.
the school year, students gain hands-on experience with a wide
range of gardening concepts. Students will explore different areas of
composting, sprouting, plant life and environmental studies through individual and group work. In addition, collaboration between disciplines is
essential, if not crucial. There are many areas where the Learning
Garden intersects with other subjects such as science, math, literature
and art. As educators and parents, we should incorporate them and in
effect enhance the overall curriculum.
For more information, please visit the Learning Garden blog, or to find out how you can help with the WPES Learning Garden, please contact Nadia.