Taher, Inc. and Noble Academy Announce Partnership To Plant School Garden
Taher, Inc. and Noble Academy are excited to announce a partnership to plant a school garden on the Noble Academy site. With input from the University of Minnesota Master Gardner Program, planting and cultivation will begin as soon as the ground thaws.
When asked about what kind of impact does having a garden have on the students, Superintendent Thao said “we want our kids to understand and be stewards of the environment. How to harvest and protect and preserve nature especially how to nurture it. We should all be doing it”
Dr. Chang added “We are an experiential learning facility. Teaching kids how to read and write is essential, but reading about something is far different than actually getting your hands on it. Previously, we did garden in a box and the kids loved it! Teachers really liked it and the feeling of ownership really helps kids. Also, culturally, many of these kids come from places where growing their own food was extremely important. We want to be able to connect the kids to who they were and show the connection between the garden and science. Teachers are also looking for ways to incorporate it into other disciplines like math. We bring everything back to the experiential learning. Showing kids the process of something from beginning to end – it’s not just something you go to the grocery store and get.
Parents are very excited because it is what they did in their old country and they want to share it with their kids. We’d like to infuse herbs and spices like what they would use at home. In the long term, it will bring our community together and kids will learn compassion and a sense of community.”
Trent Taher: “What’s so significant about this project, what gives us energy is the enthusiasm of Thao and Chang. Adding the curriculum from the U of M really brings it full circle. It’s really fun to work on this project.” He added “It’s interesting to learn that prior to World War II, most schools had a garden and provided food so this isn’t an entirely new concept. That’s how lunch was served!”
Dr. Chang: “Trent’s passion and drive rubbed off on us and it’s fun to work with Taher. What impressed us the most about Taher was the amount of fresh food you used in school food production. We have a deep passion to close the achievement gap and everyone is committed to providing a world-class education. This new garden will help with that greatly.”