Albany High School
Albany High School is conveniently located next to Albany’s Memorial Park, which houses the Edible Landscape Project, a flourishing food forest founded in 2012 as part of Transition Albany. In the 2017-2018 school year, GSE built raised beds on-campus in collaboration with a Biology teacher, and developed a network of passionate and motivated students and teachers. Starting in Fall 2018, GSE is focusing on connecting Albany High Students and the Edible Landscape Project, providing Albany students with a place to learn, experiment, and contribute to their community, and an opportunity for the Edible Landscape Project to reach a new generation of environmentalists and growers.
With a new GSE club developing at Albany High in Fall 2018, the students are hoping to learn from the work already happening at the Edible Landscape Project and also take ownership of a new space within Memorial Park. GSE, the Edible Landscape Project, and students at Albany High are already planning community work days at Memorial Park, featuring arts and crafts, herbal tea workshops, and, of course, getting our hands dirty in the garden!
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Meet Your Educator, Molly Brodsky
Originally from New Jersey, Molly first fell in love with sustainable agriculture when she moved to the Midwest to study at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, Molly earned her B.A in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Environmental Anthropology and developed her passion for the ways identity, community, food, and green space intersect. Inspired to tackle social and environmental issues holistically, Molly understands the garden as a tool to connect diverse groups of individuals, address social justice issues, and build both healthy communities and ecosystems.
Molly’s educational experiences are rooted in a decade of attending and staffing Jewish experiential education summer camp, where she still visits to facilitate staff training on diversity and storytelling. While in St. Louis, Molly coordinated a farm-based leadership program for new college students and collaborated with teachers in Ferguson, MO to develop a tutoring program for St. Louis youth. Most recently, Molly conducted a two-year research project exploring the relationship between gender and agriculture in the United States and India, during which she spent time on woman-run farms in Vermont, Northern California, and Dehradun, India interviewing and working with women farmers. Molly is excited to engage her students in Alameda County to cultivate their own roles in environmental activism by connecting their local experiences to the global food system.