EcoSpaces: begun in 2009 as a way to improve the food served to students in the cafeteria, quickly transformed into a program that is meant not just to address the health epidemic and lack of food literacy in the country, but to encompass the entire learning process. Talking about a pizza where half is made with onions and the other half, plain makes the study of fractions real.
Aero Farms, part of the EcoSpaces program, teaches children the concepts of water usage, plant selection and care, plant nutrient requirements, photosynthesis, seed germination, and agricultural technology. Philip’s Academy is the only school in the country to own an AeroFarms System.
In the teaching kitchen, where young men and women might make potato chips from purple potatoes, they are also learning about the people who live—and farm—in Brazil.