Kelly's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

KELLY MEYER

Co-Founder
Teaching Gardens

“It's about showing [kids] the possibility of what can be...that's when real change takes place.”

INTERESTS:

Environment & Nature Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Goals Inspiration Passion Support & Encouragement Courage Desire Education Choices Experience Values Character Self-Reflection Culture Family Community Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

advice, balance, classroom, decisions, education, energy, enthusiasm, epiphany, farming, flow, food, gardening, growing, help, ideas, obesity, passion, support, therapy, trust

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Realized that if kids learned how to grow their own food, they'd understand the natural environment much better.
  • She started with one single garden, which she tended with her friend, a school principal.
  • The two immediately saw the opportunity to interweave gardening with education.
  • Partnered up with the American Heart Association to combat obesity by teaching kids about the connection between the environment and their health.
  • Her foundation is about connecting kids with the earth, but also about connecting them with other people who love and care for the earth.
  • Sees gardening as a good form of therapy for kids who are having a rough time.
  • Teaching Gardens has now spread across the country, and works with 150 different schools.
  • Says that when kids see that their teachers and role models care about the environment, they start to mirror their thinking.

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