I’ve created a new page on this wiki, here—
SSIS Garden Project
—that gives a bit of history and points to a growing collection of photographs dating from late 2005, when we began creating the Garden Project at the new SSIS campus on Zhong Nan Jie. If you were there, you will recognize some faces and if you weren’t you’ll be able to see what you missed. It’s mostly weeds now, alas, but perhaps it will be reborn.
Just came across this very nice article about an organic farming project in Shandong Province:
I’ve been out of the gardening thing for a while now . . . this makes me want to get out there and “make the grass say beans” again.
On June 13 about 35 students spent the whole morning in the SSIS Garden, just observing and making notes. Some sat and wrote; some walked around, exploring; others chased insects, or dug holes in search of earthworms. After lunch they sat in classrooms and wrote poems, stories, and essays inspired by their morning’s observations.
They wrote in Chinese, Korean, and English. You can read some of the English pieces on the SSIS Garden Blog. Have a look: I think you will be impressed.
We have a NEW new blog for the SSIS Garden Project, as the previous one on Blogspot became inaccessible in China a week or so ago. The new blog is hosted right here on EricMacKnight.com, so we shouldn’t have any more problems. We already have links to Flickr photos, a bit of history, and what we did on Friday, so go have a look.
To see the rest, go here. Thanks again to Vai for the photos, and thanks to the 45 students and 7 teachers who are making the Garden a thing of beauty. What do you think, Charlie?
Charlie McBride is leaving SSIS to teach in Nanjing. Charlie’s energy and vision are responsible for the SSIS Garden Project. A true leader, he got out in front, inspired others by his example, and called on them to follow. Everyone at SSIS, and especially those of us involved in the Garden, will miss him terribly. Nanjing, you don’t know how lucky you are!
The last photos of the school year are now up, including several group shots of the Garden Project CCA students for Semester 2. Many thanks to Jessica Lee for taking these. Have a great summer, everybody!
James Scown took these photos during the Gardening CCA on May 26, and I’ve posted them on Flickr so all you can have a look.
I’ve added also these photos taken by Goh Min on June 16.
In April several groups of Kindergarten students visited the SSIS Garden to plant marigolds and poppies. Photos are here, on Flickr.com. Enjoy!
All of these were taken by James Scown. By the way, if you haven’t been out to the Garden recently, have a look. The rain and warmth have combined to make those seeds sprout at an amazing pace!