task : rich media content evergreen sub-page -- type : informational -- date : tbd -- collaborators : chris, alex -- password : history
random consideration : purpose - title - position - media organization
about purpose : "what it's all about", based on who your main visitors are and how you would naturally address them in the real world - why same visitors want or need to open this sub-page - If action is considered, when and where the action appears.
comment on purposes : gathering thoughts/material-- useful keywords from alex can be found in the "members only" page's comments section (pass 123 :) - pics appears mostly ready to go with original text and right color match for the site - Text material in the " children projects" page ( 2nd paragraph on your right "campos youth education" is the history, or our story) - submitted by Carolyn Z - needs to go somewhere else or cut to essential, to serve as an intro to sub- page. Missing : first intro - check " about Campos " page, 2nd paragraph - choose your page intro's keywords
about title : as sub titles naturally follow main tab concept (s) - like a burger's menu - they setup the right tone while providing clarity in building reasonable expectation.
comment on titles : Do current main tab's keywords "children" and "projects" make sense to you in relation to what your sub offers to who in particular ? If a yay, "past projects" - "the children's garden" " children's games " or similar are good subs examples. If a nay, main's tab keywords can be modified to reflect intentions
about position : organized in order of preference, sub-page(s) position follows their main tab idea like tree's brunches.
comment on position : At this very moment we don't have other subs - conversation may follow if more subs are created.
about page media organization : where / how text, images, sounds, videos, and animations should be displayed in the page
comment on building : there are many options which apply to this that can be better evaluate on a one to one as for you to see material in movement and for me to stay on track with the general idea. Not necessary for building "something", but highly recommended in finalizing concepts.
about sub-pages : I think subs provide space to appropriate conversations within subjects of interest to visitors. At the same time drop downs menus can be annoying / distracting to people. Eventually, everything you add may raise more interest, everything you eliminate makes the rest more prominent.
website navigation menu should immediately reflect main purpose(s) as not to waste visitor's time. I.E. main [ kids ] keyword association could be "projects" , " garden ", " activities " or something else. Same applies to main [ children] keyword : "youth", "kids" can be used too. Since "youth education", "kids activities" or " the children garden" are not one and the same, but could be equally important to specific visitors, it could be a good idea to evaluate menu bar first.
As with any real life interaction, the menu bar makes for a smooth website navigational experience if brief personal intro is on first page (up left ), everything in the middle follows the conversation and the contacts are positioned on last page (up right ).
NYC Teachers and School Administrators:
Did you know Campos Community Garden has a thriving and productive Childen's Garden offering robust garden education for youth? We are also adding a teacher training program, with year-round gardening and garden education basics for teachers, with community and school garden
curriculum ideas and activities for teaching kids the lessons of the garden, from seed to soil to plate and beyond, to the art, poetry, and community that gardens grow.
About the Children's Garden
The Children's Garden at Campos was created in 2013 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction after Children’s Workshop School generously took it upon themselves to seek and won a grant to help repair the garden. In gratitude, the garden decided to use the funds to pilot a gardening experience in a space opened up after a tree was knocked down during the Hurricane. We set out to design as unique, functional, and diverse—and fun--a children’s garden for the students to learn about gardening, food, history, science, art, and the environment.
Instead of soil beds, the garden used straw bales, which are prepped with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer for about ten days and topped with soil and compost. Inside the circle, the kids planted a Three Sisters Garden, which is a Native American companion planting technique that uses maize/corn, squash and climbing beans. Each stage presented an opportunity for children to learn and develop a sense of personal food sovereignty: digging methods, soil health, seed starting, planting, mulching, composting, watering, plant identification, pest management, harvesting, cooking, preserving, etc.
The garden became a therapeutic and safe space for at-risk youth to grow food and do some basic in-garden cooking, including a group of girls from a local group home, who came to the garden with a background of family trauma and turmoil and found a sense of peace—and their palates--among the plants.
The straw bales were an ideal vehicle for starting a pilot children's gardening program, and were intended to break down into compost. The pilot program at Campos has been a great success and was featured in the American Community Gardening Association’s2014 Community Greening Review(“From Sandy’s Destruction, A Lesson in Impermanence and New Beginnings”). Through a Citizen’s Committee grant, we created permanent raised beds and planted more produce in 2014, and added an herb spiral in 2015. The garden offers programs for kids of all ages and grade levels.
The Children's Garden Serves Community
The Children’s Garden serves the needs of the local community overall by providing a safe, green space that: 1) grows food; 2) teaches youth directly and by example about growing, cooking and eating healthy food; and 3) serves as an outdoor science lab and environmental classroom for students and teachers of neighboring schools, giving them “on the ground” lessons about the natural world and stewardship practices, reusing, recycling and reducing waste, water conservation, composting, among many other learning opportunities outside their school walls.
The knowledge that youth learn from the garden spreads into the larger community as they share their experiences--and their recipes--with their families, their friends and peers, and as they become agents for change and mentors for younger children in the community who look up to them.
The Children's Garden's educational partners and participating organizations include:
Boys Club of NY
Children's Workshop School
Green Thumb NYC
Lower East Side Girls Club
The Children’s garden is available to all who want to use it. The youth learn about gardening and food and can take produce home with them and learn skills that will last a lifetime. They learn how to save seeds and start plants for the next season. We have Earth Day, holiday and Harvest festivals for the community to showcase the garden and create dishes and share recipes. The youth participate in these festivals and teach younger children what they've learned. The garden is a gathering place for people who want to get close to the soil, learn and eat good food.