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The Tiny, Mighty Greenhouse

Written By: Elise Chad, FoodCorps Service Member with Pittsburg Unified School District

What do you do when your school district is already rocking school gardens?

This was the conundrum I had when I first started as a FoodCorps Service Member at Pittsburg Unified School District last fall. PUSD has gardens at 11 of the 13 schools in the district thanks to a dedicated and passionate Garden Supervisor, Michelle DeCoy. She also gets the garden produce onto the school salad bars and holds monthly garden markets to engage with parents, staff, and students among many other tasks she accomplishes. PUSD’s Edible Garden Resource Center has a very ambitious program and I was happy to help where I could.

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Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop for Grades K-5

Let’s head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from Life Lab’s award-winning curricula, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts in science. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor garden classroom? 2 units of graduate education credit available.

–LEARN…
  • How to lead highly contextualized, engaging, hands-on science lessons outdoors
  • How to link garden activities to Next Generation Science Standards
  • How to use garden-based science lessons to reinforce Common Core Math and English Language Arts
TAKE HOME …
  • An activity packet full of garden-based, elementary science lessons cross-mapped to Next Generation Science, and Common Core Math and ELA Standards
  • Inspiration to use the garden as context for exploring earth and life science
  • Strategies for success from Life Lab and other educators engaged in this exciting work
  • Optional: 2 units of education credit from the University of the Pacific ($60/unit)

The Edible Schoolyard Academy

The ESY Academy is designed to strengthen your program and build your leadership in the field. Over the course of five days, Academy participants will learn about curriculum integration and development, funding strategies, evaluation, volunteer management, class scheduling, rituals and routines of garden and kitchen classrooms, outreach strategies, and much more. All participants spend one day each on school gardens, cooking with kids, and organizational development. We examine edible education through the critical lenses of social justice, equity, and inclusion; participants should expect to engage in conversations about how race, gender, power, and privilege show up in classrooms, particularly around issues of food.

The Academy is best suited for programs (or practitioners) with 1-5 years of experience. We welcome programs from across the United States as well as international programs. We prioritize groups of three to five participants and organizations that have sent a team before and want to train new staff. We strive to create programming that is relevant to and adaptable to any practitioner or institution.

We strongly encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, particularly from historically marginalized communities most impacted by the consequences of an unjust food system and underrepresented in the fields of education, health, and the environment. Teams who will contribute to the increased diversity of our training programs will be given preference during the review process.

Dates: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2:00pm – Thursday, June 29, 4:00pm. Daily programming starts with breakfast at 7:45am. Programming concludes by 5:00pm each day.
Cost: $650/person, scholarships are available.
Location: The Edible Schoolyard Berkeley

A Garden in Every School Symposium

Network with like-minded teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators, and others involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment. By encouraging and supporting a garden in every school, we create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, connect to a living environment while applying academic standards, to develop social and emotional skills and consider future career options. Gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, art, environmental studies, nutrition and health. Help us move Delaine Eastin’s A Garden in Every School initiative forward in America’s Farm to Fork Capital with a collaborative regional commitment to accomplish the goal of a garden in every school by 2020!.

Workshops, Success Stories, Best Practices, Panel Discussions, Delicious Food.
Price includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks on both days. Please note: We are not offering a one-day option.

Location: Luther Burbank High School, 3500 Florin Road, Sacramento