The systemic understanding of life is based on three fundamental insights: 1. Life's basic pattern of organization is the network; 2. Matter cycles continually trough the web of life; 3. All ecological cycles are sustained by the continual flow of energy from the sun. These three basic phenomena are exactly the phenomena that children experience, explore, and understand through direct experiences in the natural world. Through these experiences, we also become aware of how we ourselves are part of the web of life, and over time the experience of ecology in nature gives us a sense of place. We become aware of how we are embodied in an ecosystem; in a landscape with particular flora and fauna; in a particular social system and culture.
We need to preserve the integrity of the great ecological cycles in our practice of gardening and agriculture. The SCHOOL GARDEN is the ideal place to teach merits of organic farming to children. For children, most importantly, being in the garden is something magical. As one of our teachers put it, "one of the most exciting things about the garden is that we are creating a magical childhood place for children who would not have such a place otherwise, who would not be in touch with the earth and the things that grow. you can teach all you want, but being out there, growing and cooking and eating, that's an ecology that touches their heart and will remain important to them throughout their lives."