It doesn’t seem possible that only three months have passed since I published the spring issue of The School Garden Journal. Another change in season reminds me to take stock and look forward. Taking stock, I feel incredibly grateful for my health, my work, and, especially now, my garden. Looking forward, I muster all the hope I can to believe better days lie ahead.
In this special issue, I’ve curated resources for building resilience and confronting silence. Taken from organizations who are leading the way in the face of social inequity and racial injustice, I hope you find something of personal value for contributing to an anti-racist society.
from The School Garden Doctor:
Enhancing STEM Education (for All)
- The Big Garden boasts a diverse team to reach their mission to “cultivate food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger.” Their garden-to-table initiative highlights STEAM education.
- The Citizen Science Association (CSA)’s Integrity, Diversity, and Equity Working Group compiled resources including the 2018 NSF STEM for ALL video showcase Public’s Choice award winner, Community Perspectives: Transforming Science to Benefit ALL.
Nurturing Wellness (and Healing Trauma)
- This compelling piece, Healing the Body, Mind, and Cultural Divide: It’s More than a Walk in the Park describes the Multicultural Wellness Walk program in the East Bay (from Bay Nature).
- I plan to replenish my tea collection from the vendors on this Black Owned Tea list put together by SHOPPE BLACK.
Fostering (Equitable) Environmental Literacy
- Be sure to check out the podcast “Black in Nature” which can be found on the NAAEE Equity Resources page.
- BEETLES shared this Listly material related to justice, equity, race and racism in environmental education.
Other Featured Resources
Voices in Support of Social Justice and Racial Equity
Of the more than a dozen email updates I’ve received from organizations that I look to for guidance, here are some of the voices I choose to elevate:
- Black Lives Matter: Letter from the CEO (Food Literacy Center)
- Black Lives Matter: A Message from Our Chief Education Officer (National Geographic)
- Black Lives Matter: An Open Letter to the Slow Food Community (Slow Food USA)
- There Is No Food Justice Without Racial Justice (National Farm-to-School Network)
- We Stand In Solidarity (Common Threads Farm)
In the spirit of equal representation (all but one of the statements above came from organizations led by white women), here are some folks doing food justice work right here in California:
- Farms to Grow, Inc. (Oakland, CA)
- City Slicker Farms ( Oakland, CA)
- Scott Family Farms (Fresno, CA)
- Rancho de Rodney (Fresno, CA)
If there is a resource you would like to recommend for inclusion, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.