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How a ‘Tiny Food Forest’ at school can provide guidance for young people.

I hear friends of mine who consider themselves ‘elderly’ say out loud that they are glad they are not 20 years old now. They do not immediately see the future brightly.

The action radius of young people had already deteriorated noticeably in recent years. A topic that I have always followed closely since I was a visionary years ago Architect Wim Cuyvers have met and his work on public space have discovered. Or how the lack of this, due to the increasing ‘big brother’ mentality, seriously endangered the experimental space for children. There is indeed Research to have happened and even if it seems a bit dated it is more relevant than ever.
In the meantime it has of course not improved. In the past, children could play in a range of 9 km, now that is still 200 meters, says Lambert Schoenmaekers of nature point in 2017 in an interview with Radio 1.
Apart from this, we are forced to limit our ‘action radius’ with figures from 4 to 10, to 10 pm or 24 hours. But there is more to it.

Connection and connecting in this digital world

I myself have a ’25-year-old computer buff who lives in his digital bubble and finds it difficult to make ‘real’ physical connections. He doubts whether it is still safe to have children in this crazy world.
Nor is it surprising because we also add a touch of ‘climate change’ to it. From melting ice caps, biodiversity that has been destroyed, withered lawns to extinct animal species. I can’t blame my friends. I can’t blame him. It is sh ….. to grow up today.

M. but there is hope.

With bARK.today we want to grab the bull by the horns. See how we can turn a school back into a refuge or safe haven. A place where tomorrow can be built. A place that brings future perspective and hope.

We believe that every school should have its own ‘Tiny Food Forest’. It not only makes you smarter, because when you create a food forest you can put almost all learning objectives into practice. What is your soil composition? How to make a plan by measuring and knowing. Where is the sun? Which trees and plants should I choose and what will my menu look like? From learning to plan and organize to involving the neighborhood or harvesting and processing the surplus, … Entrepreneurship and collaboration, e and ‘Tiny Food Forest’ is a real ‘Living Lab’ where the edible trees, plants and shrubs in 7 different layers are an example of biodiversity. With a ‘Tiny Food Forest’ you also help the climate a big step forward because it also reduces your CO2 emissions.

We pass the torch on to each other and to the next generations.

Most importantly, by focusing back on one common goal, we’re not going back alone connecting with nature but also with each other . You don’t have to work together at the same time. That’s what makes it so special. But you can see that you are part of a larger whole. A bit like the ‘Sagrada Familia’, a work that is never finished but where the torch is passed on. Building a ‘biodiverse society’ together is what makes a ‘Tiny Food Forest’ so special.

How nice would it be if former students visit the school again and taste the edible trees and shrubs they once planted themselves. How the neighborhood can enjoy the beautiful piece of nature that can go back to normal. Or how class A builds on what class B did the previous day. I see it hopefully. What are we waiting for.

Let’s stop talking and start walking.

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