Thursday, June 21, 2012

Agricultural Festival 2012

008This week our community garden participated in the Agricultural Festival: Around the World on a Plate. The festival was sponsored by the Synergy Garden, The International Center, and the Greenville County Farm Bureau. The agriculture of Costa Rica, Colombia, and Uganda was featured at this event. It was exciting to hear people from those countries talk about the agriculture and the way of life in each of those countries. By doing this, I was able to see how different life is in other countries but yet, how much we have in common in the way our hopes for our families are the same. After each speaker gave their presentation, there was a drawing where the winner won a basket of fresh produce from the garden. Then an international lunch was provided and a tour of the garden ended the event. There was a full house for the inaugural event and I believe fun was had by people of all ages. You can see the pictures of this fantastic event by clicking here: Agricultural Festival 2012

An event like this helps people learn about other cultures and ways of life. Knowledge increases tolerance of people who are different from us and we need to do a better job at teaching our children this. By attending events like this is a great way to model this behavior for our students and our own children. Maybe something like this can be done on a smaller scale in the classroom.

(On a side note, I was also able to reconnect with a friend that I haven’t seen in about 20 years! She looks as great as ever and of course it brought back memories of wonderful times. It was great seeing you again Whitney! )

If you do something like this in your classroom, please share your ideas!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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