Please click on this link to read Amelia Saltsman's article on "Why We Need School Gardens". Amelia is a local chef and the author of The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook. She has been an inspiration to me and many others. Those of you who garden or whose children have gardened know that gardening is not just playing in the soil. It teaches cooperation, appreciation of nature, knowledge of where food comes from, openness to new foods, enjoyment of healthy eating, science, math, vocabulary, social studies and more. I hope that your children and you will have the same memories of gardening that Amelia and her mom had.