Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation and I want to make sure each and every one of you know I am thinking of you and that we, the Big Green community, are here for you and each other. At Big Green we continue to truly believe, “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Our team has been working each day to adapt to this new environment so we can continue to fulfill our mission and deliver on the promise of a garden.
Big Green will continue to deliver on the promise we make to kids across the country – they are worthy of our time, resources, and investment. That kids everywhere, no matter where they live, deserve access to high-quality education and real, healthy, food.
That’s why we are launching a new platform — www.biggreenathome.org — an online hub for all things distance learning and real food.
Here, you can find our brand new Homegrown program for caregivers, teachers, and families. Homegrown, delivered by email, will provide age-appropriate bundles of activities on a weekly basis, creating independent, enriching, hands-on learning at home. We will also host live demonstrations, tutorials, and engaging video lessons through social media and online education platforms for teachers and parents to plug into their remote learning schedules. If you are at home with kids and want to receive these resources in your inbox each week, you can sign up here.
I also wanted to assure you that we are committed to sustaining all the gardens we’ve built and maintained over the years, all 630 of them. As soon as we are able, our team will head out to plant and care for each garden, ensuring it is full of fresh food for the community. Our ability to do this will be informed by district policies and state and federal health department guidance on social distancing and shelter-in-place.
In the meantime, our team is working closely with our partners in the community to use our skills and resources to support important hunger relief efforts. We will also distribute seeds, plant starts, and garden supplies so kids can continue to grow their own food at home in pots, plots, and windowsills.
If you are in a position to support this critical work, we hope you will consider it. Kids need our help now. The communities where Big Green works already suffer from inequities in education, health, and food systems. For our students, COVID-19 has the potential to set them back further. We can’t let that happen. Together, we will ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t’ stop our kids from growing stronger, smarter, and healthier. Join the response today.
As we all know, this is a developing situation and Big Green is responding rapidly to meet the needs of our community. Though our activities are changing, our commitment to our mission is unwavering. I see the power and resilience of teachers, staff, and students in our Big Green schools each and every day, and I know together, we’ll rise above these challenges.
Take care and stay well. We’re all in this together.
President, Big Green