Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The Ecological Society of America defines Traditional Ecological Knowledge as:

"Adaptive ecological knowledge developed through an intimate reciprocal relationship between a group of people and a particular place over time."

TEK is particularly useful for garden-based science teaching for two reasons: the centrality of reciprocity- a give and take of resources in a garden community; and the deep, specific knowledge that comes from experiences working within a particular ecosystem over an extended period.

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