Yesterday's Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR featured "Getting Healthy Food into School Lunches." To listen to the show, click here. At about the 26:45 mark of the show, Brittany McGhee (pictured above) calls in with a question about getting the school garden into the school lunch.
The whole segment is worth a listen, but the exchange with Brittany is absolutely phenomenal. I've been playing it on repeat all day, and everybody who walks by has listened, too. And I'm going to e-mail Kojo and see if he really wants to spend time in our garden. Need more Green Club? See the pictures below. And while you do, consider the significance of what these students have done.
Are they directly fighting global warming? Yes. Have they worked all summer during their free time to keep the garden healthy and happy? Without even considering it work. But the significance is that Brittany and the Green Club are taking to the airwaves to participate in public discourse about school lunch. They are actively engaging in our democracy by pursuing a more healthy, more ecologically sustainable lunch. When more schools have gardens and more students are eating fresh produce at school it will be because Brittany is willing to call Kojo Nnamdi. It will be because the Green Club is not content to stop at a single school garden.