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Gangamma’s Mandala Outdoor “Edible” Classroom taking root!

Gangamma’s Mandala Outdoor “Edible” Classroom is beginning to take root at Colleton County High School. Situated outdoors between the main and the New Tech building, the edible classroom faces the staff parking area and will greet car riders each day.

Planning for Gangamma’s Mandala Outdoor Classroom has been ongoing on for a while. Scott Steedley, founder of the International Center for Sustainability, Inc., working in conjunction with parent volunteer, Missy Carter, and Principal, Cliff Warren, have created an opportunity for Colleton County students and teachers to learn more about producing their own food and income stream with the development of the edible classroom project.

Steedley, along with volunteers and students from both TCTC and CCHS special education classes, will begin to shape the beds and walkways, with plans to start putting in plants shortly. The seeds for the project have been germinating in the hothouse at Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center and are ready for transplant. Thanks to a donation from the Flower Barn, larger plants will also be added when the beds are completed.

The International Center for Sustainability, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is centered on permaculture and sustainability. Permaculture, meaning permanent agriculture, focuses on sustaining our natural environment with litter control, recycling, food source and rainwater harvesting, wastewater management, beautification, wildlife and resource preservation. Sustainability is how biological systems remain diverse and productive.

Steedley, born in Colleton County and currently living in Charleston, works to help educate schools, businesses, and communities on establishing sustainable livelihoods through classroom presentations, discussion and action learning projects; such as the one just beginning at CCHS. “Our goal is to help students and the local community understand the necessary balance and connection between people and their environment,” said Steedley. “We work to address environmental issues and what can be done individually, and as groups, to improve the environment by reducing the negative impacts of human interaction on the environment.”

Colleton County’s Gangamma’s Mandala Outdoor “Edible” Classroom will be maintained by the students and community volunteers, which Steedley firmly believes creates better understanding of the care, collaboration, and commitment necessary to foster sustainability. “Time is the most valued commodity in today’s world and our organization is dedicated to investing as much of this resource as necessary to make a lasting and significant contribution to our community,” said Steedley.

International Center for Sustainability, Inc., is a non-profit organization which accepts volunteers and donations to help meet their objectives and goals. To find out more about Steedley and his organization, you may contact him directly by email at [email protected] or at (843)509-1296. To learn more about permaculture and sustainability, you may wish to watch Steedley’s PRTC Community Post Interview with Chuck Crabtree at https://vimeo.com/122145622 or checkout the International Center for Sustainability, Inc. on Facebook.


Cindy Crosby (1035 Posts)