NUMI Curriculum

Designed in partnership with professional curriculum developers and personally created by Numi Organic Tea’s founders, the NUMI Curriculum brings nature, artistic expression, and social awareness to children in grades K-6. NUMI, in this context, stands for “Nature Underlies My Inspiration,” and brings original and imaginative art and nature-based curriculum to children in inner city schools.

To date our organic garden curriculum has reached over 500 students at Title 1 (50%+ free/reduced lunch) Oakland Unified elementary schools, but our goal is to ensure access to all 8,500 students in every low-income OUSD elementary school, annually. The gardening program includes free access to our curricula and lesson plans, funding for field trips to local organic farms, and stipends for instructors and garden stewards. We are also exploring supporting other San Francisco Bay Area schools in need, as well as expanding access to our art and social studies programs.

All three of our curricula meet Social Sciences and Language Arts content standards for California Public Schools and were developed based on the following principles:

  • Children learn to respect and appreciate their family, community, cultural heritage, and environment when they actively participate in a wide range of creative, multi-cultural, and educational experiences.
  • By nurturing creativity and imagination, children develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and the ability to visualize new possibilities.
  • When children are equipped with a bigger toolbox of creative skills combined with cultural and environmental understanding, they are more likely to grow into socially conscientious individuals who value and appreciate nature and their community.
  • A community that is served by socially conscious individuals will benefit and thrive in a healthy way that benefits both the community, and the world at large.

Since fall of 2011, the Curriculum has been piloted in classrooms at Oakland’s Community School for Creative Education (CSCE), a Waldorf-inspired public charter school in East Oakland.

“For children who live in “food deserts” and typically have to buy groceries in a liquor store, our gardening programs have provided a transformational leadership opportunity that combats childhood obesity and promotes healthy, nutritious lifestyles for both our students and their families.” – Reem Rahim, Co-Founder