Piedmont High School
In collaboration with AP Environmental Science (APES) teacher Marna Chamberlain and a group of passionate students, GSE began working in the Piedmont garden space in Fall 2017. Founded in 2015 in honor of beloved Piedmont science teacher Eileen Rohmer, the garden was designed for student use, garden-based education, and providing a green space for the community. Together, Ms. Chamberlain’s APES classes, GSE, and a growing group of students are revitalizing the Piedmont garden space, transforming the garden into a food forest full of various edible layers and landscapes.
Starting in Fall 2018, over 60 Piedmont APES students are participating in revitalizing the garden, understanding the components of a working food forest and putting those ideas to work in their own garden plots. GSE students are also developing an aquaponics system!
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Work alongside students in Latin America on projects in their communities, practice your Spanish, experience the culture and natural beauty of their country and reflect on your growth as a leader.
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Develop projects with your peers that address pressing social and environmental issues, while building leadership skills (and an impressive resume!) in a fun and safe environment.
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.