Tools to build a sustainable garden education program at your school
Information: Starting a school garden is a big undertaking. We recommend that a garden committee is formed and clear goals and objectives for the garden are set before a garden is built. Consider starting small and building upon small successes. We are excited to offer our 35 hour School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training program to share best practices for building, using and maintaining school and youth food gardening programs. By the end of this training, you will have knowledge, skills and resources to implement and maintain an edible school garden project built on a foundation of broad community involvement and support. As a trained certified Garden Coordinator, you will be equipped to support long-lasting edible school/youth garden projects within the region and expand the capacity of the community to provide food garden-based education to children. This training has a focus on elementary school/youth programs, but can be adapted by those who work with middle or high school aged students. This training is geared for both those who have experience with school/youth gardens and those who are new to the field.
- Historic Context of School Gardens / Farm to School
- Community Organizing and Organizing School Garden Committees
- Fundraising and Resource Development
- Volunteer Management
- Teaching Youth Effectively/ Class Management in an Outdoor Setting
- Garden-Based Activities and Curriculum Connections
- Garden to Cafeteria
- Garden Infrastructure
- Basic Gardening Skills and Planting Plans
- Program Evaluation
- Portland Public Schools (PPS) policy on school garden installation & garden to cafeteria guidelines (optional training module)
Dates: June 25th-29th, 9-4:30pm, 2018
Location: 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hinson Church)
Registration: The cost to attend is $450. Registration is open until 1 week before the course, unless it fills up first.
Scholarships: We know that the school garden movement is stronger when we have a diversity of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives collaborating together towards shared goals. In early May we selected 4 applicants who will be receiving full scholarships this year and are unable to award additional scholarships.
Credits: Participants have the opportunity to earn two graduate credits through Portland State University Graduate School of Education Continuing Education (CEED) program for their professional development work as part of this training. The cost for the credits, due to PSU is $180. For the process to register for PSU credit, click here. You do not need to pay this extra fee if you do not need credits from PSU. Since PSU is discontinuing its cooperative credit program at the end of June, we have arranged with PSU to list this class for the spring term. Students will need to register and pay for the credits in the spring term by June 8th, and grades will be entered after the training in the summer.
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Certificate requirements: Participants must attend 80% of the training (or 28 hours) to receive certificate.
If you have questions, contact Youth Grow Program Director, Anna Garwood (firstname.lastname@example.org).