Louise Shachtay, teacher of the horticulture and sustainable education program at R. B. Russell High School, has instituted a program intended to improve the environment and make the inner city, in which the school is located, a healthier place to live. Her goal is to re-connect the students with Mother Earth. By teaching the theory and the practical of growing, planting medicine gardens, promoting the integration of all aspects of the environment (plants, bees, goats, etc.), Louise strives, along with her students, to build a positive community in this inner-city area. The students’ response to the program has had amazing benefits – healthy living and life-styles, job-related skills, interaction with and awareness of other communities, an awareness of Mother Earth, and a huge sense of individual and communal accomplishment.