Let’s put earth and life back into earth and life science! In this webinar, Life Lab’s Whitney Cohen shered how to use a garden as a meaningful context in which students can engage in next generation science and engineering practices to examine disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts.
There is no one way to fund a garden program – there are hundreds! In this webinar, Life Lab’s John Fisher and Gardens to Grow In’s Kevin Hesser shared a wide variety of ideas to finance your school garden program. From finding grants and supportive policy to school garden micro-enterprise and farm-raisers, their discussion provided funding ideas for all aspects of your school garden, including garden supplies and staffing school garden instructors. John and Kevin’s presentation shared examples of how they have funded the school garden programs that they run, along with insight from other successful garden programs.
Many students are fascinated with insects in the school garden. Given the opportunity, many are also fascinated by that iconic pollinator: the honeybee. Bees themselves are a living example of cooperation, hard work, and symbiosis. Beekeeping helps students learn about everything from biology to small business skills.
In this webinar, Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, used stories, photos, and discussion to share tried-and-true tips for managing large groups of students in an outdoor environment.
In this webinar, our presenter demonstrated ways for you to get the most out of your existing school garden space. Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, Tuckahoe Common School District in Southampton, NY, discussed the concept of square-foot gardening and using bigger beds for growing vegetables.
What in the garden could possibly be more exciting to students than a tree-ripened nectarine? Fruit trees and orchard-culture bring stability and productivity to the garden, all in a high yielding and low maintenance package. Leo Buc, Director of Common Vision, discussed best practices for growing fresh fruit in school gardens.
In this webinar, presenter Roberta Paolo, the Founder and Executive Director of Granny’s Garden School, discussed lessons learned while starting and running a major school garden program. Roberta (A.K.A. Granny) shared a range of fund-raising and friend-raising tips based on her experience running Granny’s Garden School since 2002.
Every October 24, thousands of Food Day events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. Food Day and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) have launched an initiative, Get Food Education in Every School, to raise the awareness about food education nationally and start a conversation to integrate food education into the school curriculum and throughout the school day.
Middle schoolers can get a lot out of the school garden experience, from growing food to learning about the science underlying the natural world. At CitySprouts summer youth program in Cambridge, MA, 100 young people ages 11-13 go through a month-long summer internship program at various schoolyard garden locations. Middle school interns learn garden skills and how to care for their school garden- planting, weeding, watering and harvesting food for lunch.
Summertime presents both unique challenges and important opportunities when it comes to school gardens. Who takes care of the garden when school is out? How can the school garden be connected to summer learning and healthy food access opportunities?
Across the nation, foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens. These “Regional Support Models” work to provide funding, empower garden champions, build partnerships, and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability of school garden programs.
Whether students are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless!
Since 1991, the Massachusetts based Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Inspired by this model, Grow Dat Youth Farm was founded in New Orleans in 2010 with the mission to bring youth from different backgrounds and disciplines together to support public health, local economies, and sustainable food systems in their communities.
Preventing food waste and composting at schools is an important means of saving money, protecting the environment, and teaching kids good habits from an early age. In this webinar, Cecily Upton, VP of Programs, gave an overview of FoodCorps, a national service program which she co-founded.
Every cafeteria lunch program could use some healthy tips from an expert. In this webinar , presenter Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef at Tuckahoe Common School District in Southampton, NY shared the benefits of having a school garden.
In this webinar, attendees learned how to use a garden, however large or small, as a “living laboratory” to engage students in the true work of scientists: raising questions, making careful observations, designing investigations, and reporting their findings to the public. In today’s educational climate, with such a strong emphasis on tests to determine if students have learned the answers to various questions, the art of questioning itself appears in danger of becoming extinct.
School garden programs are becoming more widely adopted. In this webinar, presenter Emilie Gioia talked about the Edible Schoolyard Project, an online network that supports school garden programs around the world. Emilie demonstrated how those involved in a school garden program can collaborate and share ideas
How does your garden grow in the fall? With cold frames, and chilly plants, and covered beds all in a row? Quite the contrary! Presenter Thianda Manzara talked about back to school gardening in this webinar.
This webinar explored new ways to invite students, parents, and community members to be part of your school garden experience. Nino La Stella shared ‘A Feast for Every Season,’ a program that enables its students to appreciate the rhythm of the seasons and gave details about the multiple seasonal celebrations that are part of this year-round program.
In this vibrant webinar, presenters discussed the skills needed to grow and nurture a successful school garden. Sam, Kealy, and Kate talked about everything from pest control for your garden to managing your garden program. They even shared secrets to keeping your tools from rusting.
School gardens can range from inspirational outdoor classrooms to neglected lost corners of a school campus. Smart design, adding interpretive displays and including whimsical effects can go a long way to creating sites that inspire and engage students and teachers.
So much of what goes into making a successful school garden is about planning, preparation and politics, rather than the season-dependent horticultural needs of the plants. A frosty day in January is the perfect time to begin getting ready so that in spring you can just go out and start.