Urban farming education is often conducted outside the boundaries of traditional classrooms. Such a teaching method is considered pragmatic and transformative because the unconventional learning method that is interactive and engaging is attractive to the students.
Based on Urban Farm Tech’s experiences in working with schools, we received feedback of a drastic increase in attendance after urban farming education is implemented. Students are interested and committed because the farms demand their caring and tending. The hard work involved is worthwhile, as students now look forward to harvesting the seeds they sowed.
In Urban Farm tech, our goal is to cultivate food literacy from a young age. It is imperative that the youths are aware of the importance of food security. Through direct involvement in growing their own food, they are exposed to a self-sustaining mindset. Without such experience, they may continue to take their food and the environment for granted.
Tending an urban farm is of course not a one-man show. What makes the program more appealing to the students is the opportunity to befriend peers, especially those from other classes whom they might not have known otherwise. Students are brought together in a context where they are prompted to build social skills as well as problem-solving skills as they delegate tasks and cooperate amongst themselves to maximize productivity.
Last but not least, we believe that urban farming can also foster ecological consciousness because what's better to develop value orientation toward the environment than hands-on learning. The provision of farming knowledge is helpful to enhance understanding of the relationship between humans, food, and nature, in which sustaining the interrelatedness is central to our survival.
Since 2019, Urban Farm Tech has been adamant in delivering urban farming education to youths. We have now collaborated with over 10 schools implementing aquaponics urban farming systems in the school compounds and teaching the students about ‘urban farming’. Interested to learn about our social impact journey? Click here.
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