April 21, 2009: Parent advocacy for nutrition and school gardens, with Melissa Parker. Environmental education interviews with Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell.

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

An Earth Day show!  On the show Tuesday, April 21:

Melissa Parker on School Nutrition

To listen to Leigh Anne’s interview with Melissa, click HERE.

On the first half of the show, we’ll talk with Melissa Parker, a mother of two who is advocating for increased nutrition and edible gardens in her town’s public schools in Connecticut.  Melissa is working on an MS in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport, and is also in a program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  We talk about Melissa’s studies, and her work as a parent advocate.

Melissa shares with us some of her favorite resources for parents and teachers looking for more info on gardens, farms, nutrition, and health:




localharvest.org Can help you find local farms and sign up for CSAs near you.

www.angrymoms.org The story of how two moms worked to improve lunches in their local schools.


pcrm.org Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine

Environmental Education with Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell

On the second half of the show, we’ll hear two interviews on environmental education by Zach Fried.  Zach interviews Jessica Olenych and Lindsay Campbell on their work in environmental education.  Jessica Olenych established Common Ground educational consulting for environmental education in 2007.  Lindsay Campbell is a research urban planner with the Forest Service in New York City.  Zach talks with Jessica and Lindsay about their work, and the value of bringing kids outdoors.

Recommended resources from Zach’s conversations with Jessica and Lindsay:

Environmental Protection Agency

New York City’s Street Trees

Visit the Schooner Pioneer at South Street Seaport

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

watersheducators.org at the Catskill-NYC Watershed Educators’ Network

Restorative Commons, Lindsey’s new book


Podcasts of Zach’s interviews will be up next week.

Zach Fried is co-creator of Earth Day Resolutions, a non-profit that helps facilitate making and reaching green goals — for children, adults, classrooms, and organizations.


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