Cynthia Walters

Slow Food Columbus School Garden Director

Cynthia Buckingham-Walters, Slow Food Columbus School Garden Director and public school teacher, has been bringing plant-based learning to students and providing professional development to teachers for over twelve years. Most recently, 22 schools in the Columbus City district participated in the Low-Tunnels for Schools program. Along with partners, Franklin Park Conservatory, Franklin Soil & Water, and OSU Extension Services, over 7,000 Central Ohio school children were engaged in garden-based activities. Through professional development, core-subject area teachers learned how to connect gardening activities to Ohio State Standards in ELA, Science, and Social Studies. The Low-Tunnel program and the Slow Food School-Garden Alliance allow participants to extend the growing season and create a greater yield of plant-based knowledge in Good, Clean, Fair food and crop production throughout the school year.