Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Food not (school) lawns

GROW La Crosse is a great organization that teaches kids about gardening while producing some food for families.

Personally, I think it's a crime that any school in this time of climate collapse still has a grass lawn, which must be fertilized, possibly treated with insecticides, mowed, and watered, all at a substantial financial and environmental cost, instead of a vegetable and grain field that could actually feed those families. 

Especially a school like Hintgen, where, according to U S. News and World Report school data, 68% of students are economically disadvantaged, there could be corn, bean, squash and other veggie fields where the big lawns are now. Same thing with Logan HS (51% economically disadvantaged). Why are we growing lawns at all at schools? I am not talking about playing space or sports areas or playgrounds, I am talking about big spaces filled with grass that are not used for anything but looks.

But, that's a rant for another time. 

For now, please support GROW La Crosse by attending the Great GROW Get Together on August 25, buying a raffle ticket to win an e-bike, volunteering at a school garden, or just donating.

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