Report on gardening in the public schools Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program
Author(s)Wotowiec, Peter Joseph
Contributor(s)Wotowiec, Peter Joseph
KeywordsSchool gardens; Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program; Gardening; Agriculture; Laboratory schools; School children; Local foods; Urban agriculture; Vocational education; Tract gardens; Ecology; Conservation of natural resources; Adult education; Finance, Public
Agricultural education; Children's gardens -- Ohio; Demonstration gardens; Food supply; Local foods; School gardens; Urban agriculture
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Abstract"Gardening in the public schools," a report about student garden programs in the Cleveland Public Schools, written by Peter J. Wotowiec, Supervisor- Horticulture Department, Cleveland Public Schools, lists the six major components: Garden Science, Home Gardens, Environmental Action, Tract gardens, Vocational Horticulture and Adult Horticulture in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Two personal recollections of events at Benjamin Franklin School Garden including garden plot plans, 1977Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County; Paserk, Nicholas; Radish, Melissa; Sante, Kimberly; "Joe B." (1977-09)Two accounts of the history of Benjamin Franklin School garden. The first, “Information on Ben Franklin Garden and School"--from title page, includes a compilation of personal accounts that recall the gardens at Benjamin Franklin School in Cleveland, Ohio from 1922 to 1977 and includes two examples of garden plots that included a note to parents and the cost of each plot. One of the plot plans also served as an order form. Note the information about converting to a metric system in the materials. This first recollection was written by three Cleveland Public School employees, Nicholas Paserk, Melissa Radish, and Kimberly Sante who worked at the garden in September, 1977. <br>The second recollection is in the form of a two page letter written at the same time in reply by Joe B. who was first employed by the Cleveland Public schools in 1921 as a student assistant. He recalls being assigned to work at the Benjamin Franklin school site as early as 1921-1922. In his letter he reviews and shares his recollections with the information presented in the first document based upon his first hand knowledge of the events.
Letter and reply and paragraph for publication between Frederick McGourty, Jr., of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden from Peter Wotowiec, Supervisor, Horticulture Department, Cleveland Public Schools regarding the demise of the Cleveland [school garden] programWotowiec, Peter Joseph; Wotowiec, Peter Joseph; McGourty, Frederick, Jr. (1979-02)Letter from Frederick McGourty, Jr., of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to Peter Wotowiec, Supervisor, Horticulture Department, Cleveland Public Schools regarding the demise of the Cleveland [school garden] program. McGourty acknowledges Wotowiec's manuscript submission for "the Community Gardens Handbook" and expresses shock at the rumor of the demise of the Cleveland program, "especially because our own Children's Garden at BBG drew part of its inspiration many years ago from the Cleveland program." He asks about the present status of the program and requests a "box story" about the Cleveland program along with "a reminder that such programs are mortal." Wotowiec responds with a letter and the "box story:" "The school gardening program is currently endangered due to serious financial problems in the Cleveland Public Schools. Extensive local outcry and offers of support emerged at the news of the curtailment. It is hoped that continued receipt of statements from throughout the United States advocating re-evaluation of the decision will result in reinstatement of the program now in its 75th year." Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program, Cleveland, Ohio.
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