The following video was done by Videojournalist Julia Gaines that can also be found on Newsday.Com. It features gardening teacher Jeannine Davis and our 8th graders harvesting vegetables from the Waldorf School's garden and bringing them to Cafeteria Manager Aviva Gill in the School's cafeteria.
Respect for the earth and active work on her behalf are central to Waldorf learning and integrated throughout the curriculum and the day-to-day life of the school. Many of our students continue work for environmental and sustainability issues long after graduation.
Our students play an active role in on-campus sustainability initiatives including composting, recycling, reusing, and repurposing. Children of all grades collect the recycling bins in our classrooms and compost bins in our cafeteria on a rotating basis. Students repurpose leftover woodchips from our woodworking classes and surrounding trees to pave paths around and within our garden to keep weeds down.
Students protect the natural environment at the Waldorf School of Garden City by cutting down invasive trees while they are still buds. They also maintain our grounds by repairing fences as extensions of their woodworking lessons, and building trellises for our garden.