How to teach important, as-yet-untold local history in and with a school garden? How to involve the community with school classes in learning fraught histories towards social justice?
In collaboration with UBC History Professor Dr. Henry Yu, we decided to explore the history of Chinese immigrant market gardens on Indigenous reserve lands in the Pacific Rim — specifically at Musqueam in Vancouver….
Invitation to consider possible extensions:
- Twinning the school garden with a garden in partner communities
- Experimenting with growing foods, fibres and medicinal herbs that were traditionally grown and foraged
- Creating a film, website or book collaboratively with partners
- Starting a regular storytelling meeting with elders and kids in the garden
How could this work in your school garden? Some guiding questions:
- What are some of the untold histories that are central to your place and communities?
- How could you engage community leaders, elders, young people and others in exploring these histories?
- How might food play into it?
- How to work with the controversial subject matter that will arise?