Green Career Awareness

The garden is chuggin’ along. The pumpkins are flowering, the beans are wrapping around the poles, and the corn are growing tall. The calendula, marigolds, and a couple sunflowers are poppin’ up. Some of the lettuce I planted with my nieces is starting to show up above the ground. I have finally decided to ask someone to weed wack for me. Things are good.

What is even more great, is that I happen to fall into a unique opportunity. A few members from the district that I am now working with, have been hard at work over the last six months (maybe longer) creating curriculum with the help of the San Mateo County of Education, to build awareness of green careers at the middle school level. The program at the middle school level is the first of its kind, and it involves six different green career pathways.

What does this mean, and why is it so great? Well, the head of the Ag department at our local high school is building the curriculum for the Agriscience pathway, which directly impacts the gardening/composting elective I am planning on teaching. On top of that, we are part of a grant that is allowing for this sort of pilot program, which means that I will also be getting a list of materials that do not come from my school budget.

What does that mean? It means that I can run a more complete program because I have incredible amounts of support. Basically, this is amazing and I am very lucky to be a part of it all!

In August I will be taking the PD courses involved with Agriscience, which is all about soil science and carbon sequestration, as well as two other pathways. 1) Biotechnology, which is all about finding solutions to our plastic problem; 2) Energy & the Environment, which is centered around answering the question: How can we heat water?

In a nut shell that is what I have been working toward: a cleaner, healthier planet Earth, through bringing awareness to the future who will be living with the changes to our climate for years to come, by way of green jobs!

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