"Farming is 50 percent science and 50 percent art. You don't need to know every bug, plant, disease, or chemistry. All you need to have is common sense and good observation skills. Think of your garden like making a new friend: You have to be gentle and watch the responses to your actions." http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2012/07/how_to_start_farming_farmer_jay_mccobb.php#
Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.