An ecosystem is comprised of a series of relationships between all things and species. And when you think about it, that’s what a community is as well. In that spirit, we began thinking of school gardens as a catalyst for community ecosystems some years ago through our Grow Your Own school garden program. Starting at schools, these gardens turned into community hubs, connecting plants, animals, students, families — and ultimately, the community as a whole.
Now with Road Trip, we’re imagining that any and every school can become the epicenter of a community ecosystem. A mobile version of The Ecology Center, Road Trip allows us to easily share skills and inspiration to transform and redesign spaces into thriving ecosystems that support all life forms. From different plants and pollinators to the perfect space for a farm-to-table dinner, through Road Trip, we’re creating habitat for all species.
A community ecosystem should be a place where children, parents, and families can learn how to work and play and grow together in healthy ways. That’s why we’re teaching the skills to build, from start to finish, the types of experiences that grow a true community system — whether it be a garden build or a shared meal or a farmers market.