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ABC Garden
Infrastructure of

Outdoor Classrooms
by z-design

An ABC Garden is a landscape architecture design and infrastructure of outdoor classrooms. In general, people and students will more likely do nature and community stewardship activities, if spaces are built for those specific activities. An ABC Garden is a space for a variety of educational purposes, lessons, and activities, including the specific activities and lessons of nature and community stewardship.

An ABC Garden is an infrastructure of outdoor classrooms, at which students learn how to run a community — a community's basic functions, utilities, government, and fair economy. The ABC Garden is not only a vegetable garden, but also a garden of vital basic community tasks (energy, water management, local food, utilities, sanitation, local jobs, local wealth and investing, land stewardship, etc.). Once built, the ABC Garden outdoor classrooms are set for classes to use them with curricula and lessons, which are custom-designed for the ABC Garden.

An ABC Garden can be at a school, a college, a preschool, a community center, a nature center, a science and art center, etc. Plus, ideally, a school and ABC Garden should be at or near the core and center of every community, such as at a community's geographic center, cultural hub, economic hub, and or utilities hub. An ABC Garden is the central infrastructure of basic human needs, utilities, vital community tasks, neighborly relationships, community cooperation, business, jobs, and land stewardship. At the center of every community, there should be a school and ABC Garden, which exhibits core community functions (vital community tasks: housing, water, fuel, food, sanitation, land stewardship, jobs, local small businesses, etc.) and is a functional space for students to learn how to run a simple, small community, as well as to actually run a simple, small community. Students learn simple, small ways and more complicated ways to run a community and provide utilities at the ABC Garden as well as link to the larger complex infrastructure of utilities within the surrounding community. The ABC Garden ties into the surrounding community and helps to serve the surrounding community.

The ABC Garden provides a visual-spatial tool for teaching about the basic tasks of a community.  The ABC Garden is not only a visual-spatial design to exhibit important community tasks, but also it is a functional structure that students use to actively run a small community. The ABC Garden is for active use as well as to provide a space to exhibit important things, such as the important community tasks, that no person can live without. It's important to build spaces for important things. The ABC Garden is a Garden of Important Things, and a garden of students helping to grow, sustain, and enrich those important things.

In the 21st-century, the ABC Garden provides spaces to do community tasks to jump start, sustain, and enrich a community.  These community task spaces were lacking, in the USA, in the 20th-century.  In the 20th-century, the USA had many spaces specifically for academics, sports, driving, music, fine arts, TVs, computers, and national and international chain stores; hence, in the 20th-century, children and adults mainly learned about and partook of the activities related to academics, sports, driving, music, fine arts, TVs, computers, and shopping at national and international chain stores.  During the 20th-century, while community sports may have prospered, community cohesion faded in vital community functions such as in local food, local small businesses, local banking, local investing, and stewarding the community landscape (including vacant lots, natural habitats, air quality, soil fertility, rivers, water sources, etc.).  Letting community cohesion fade led to many social, economic, and environmental problems. In the 21st-century, let's build community task spaces, such as the task spaces of the ABC Garden, to encourage children and adults to learn and do community cooperation and community tasks, as well as to solve and diminish many social, economic, and environmental problems, in the local community and beyond.  The ABC Garden is a major help to communities and a major action in diminishing global problems, including poverty, corporate corruption, pollution, and severe climate change.

The ABC Garden makes utilities available to students in simple, small, safe ways. For instance, students begin engaging with sanitation and fuel in a small, simple, hands-on, basic ways, such as with composting food bins, composting toilets, campfires, and solar panels. Large structures for utilities (a water tower, a sewage treatment plant, a power station or substation, etc.) are too big, ugly, and or dangerous to be near a school. The large structures will stay at the edges of towns and cities. Yet, currently, the smaller features of utilities are hidden and run right through the heart of schools, towns, and cities. The ABC Garden exposes and exhibits some of the smaller, simpler, more beautiful, and safer components of utilities. The ABC Garden makes utilities available to students in safe ways, so students can interact with them and learn.

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