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farming preschool would teach kids how to grow their own food

Part farm and part school, “Nursery Fields Forever” offers three approaches to learning: learning from nature, learning from technique, and learning from practice. “We think that kids should enjoy nature,” said Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta to Fast Company. “So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s a mixing of the two things, school and nature.” The school is designed as a cluster of gabled buildings that overlook a variety of garden plots and livestock pens.

Teaching children how to grow and harvest their own food, as well as how to interact with animals, could help kids improve their social skills through teamwork, encourage self-esteem, and promote healthy lifestyles. The students would also learn about renewable energy from onsite wind turbines and solar arrays.

To create a better future, you have to start at the root of society: education. Founded with the belief that a more sustainable world begins at school, Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) offers students in the southwest side of Chicago a refreshing holistic and innovative approach to education. In a bid to redefine learning through hands-on environmental stewardship and urban farming, AGC has teamed up with Studio Gang Architects to design a new eco-friendly campus that teaches kids how to grow their own organic food and generates more energy than it consumes.

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