272: Lori Rose on School Garden Programs.
Motivating the necessary people to create and maintain a lasting grade school garden program..
Lori is a college instructor for biology, nutrition, herbal and wellness classes, as well as a board-certified nutrition professional & holistic nutrition consultant, registered herbalist, and holistic health coach. She also created, developed, and instructs in, the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway program in Cleburne, Texas. Lori is a wife & mother, city class teacher, and passionate Zumba dancer! She loves spreading love & light, and helping others feel great on the inside & out so they can live their dreams! When not doing all that, she is an organic gardener of vegetables, fruits, & medicinal herbs, at home and at the Hill College school garden.
In This Podcast:
A class project for her community college biology students to create a school garden at an elementary school challenged Lori Rose to move from the theoretical world to the epic one she has created for the local grade schools in her community. The tricky part was that she did not know how to garden at the time. She did not let that stop her, and it built into an amazing and EPIC new program at her college. Her lessons learned on how to make a school garden project that lasts are valuable indeed.
Listen in and learn about:
- The pretend community garden that she had her students building in her college biology class
- Needing to learn how to garden
- Setting up new elementary school gardens every semester with her college students
- Running out of schools to set up gardens in and needing to go out further in other communities (Greg call this out as an epic moment)
- Learning about herbalism and setting up a college herbal and nutrition school
- Hearing from her students about what a difference the activity has done for them
- The one moment at the second garden when it was so fun no one wanted to stop
- How her biology class garden project has transformed into a comprehensive program at the college
- The online classes that she offers
- Her definition of permaculture
- The message she uses to encourage school administrators, teachers, and grant administrators to see the benefits of having school gardens with appropriate messages for each group
- Factors she uses to help create school gardens that last
As well as:
- Her failure – Watching her initial garden projects fail semester after semester; She has embraced the freedom to fail
- Her success – The creation of the Hill College Holistic Wellness Program and it’s path for low income students to become a holistic nutritionist, herbalist or wellness coach.
- Her drive – Her passion and her purpose to help others follow their dreams
- Her fun – Not being afraid to be silly
- Her advice – Not matter where you are, or your perspective on life, you can create the kind of life you want – its never too early, its never too late, it’s always worth it
Books written by Lori:
Herbs for Energy an e-book
Lori’s Book recommendations:
Jonathan James and the What If Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown and Lauren Fortgang
How to reach Lori:
Hill College: www.hillcollege.edu/holisticwellness