Awarded in 2019, this grant will establish after-school wellness activities at three high-need sites through Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education. Through the use of quality curriculum, professional development for staff, hands-on outdoor education, and family outreach, students will Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go. Participating sites include Calistoga Joint Unified School District ACE Program; Camille Creek Community School, and Taylor Mountain Elementary School. The University of California Master Gardeners of Napa County will provide horticultural outreach and The School Garden Doctor will provide professional learning.
USDA Farm to School Collaboration
The School Garden Network of Sonoma County
The School Garden Network of Napa County
Sonoma State University
The School Garden Doctor offers a variety of professional learning opportunities, such as workshops, courses, and site consultations. Currently, she is teaching Sustaining School Gardens. In this course, participants will collaborate to develop leadership capacity to sustain school gardens. Using a Professional Learning Community (PLC) model, learners will read and discuss school garden research, examine and critique school garden curriculum, and plan and prepare a final project. To receive invitations to opportunities, subscribe to The School Garden Journal or view the list of current opportunities on the Professional Learning page.
What do schools do with the produce they grow? Some teachers use it to conduct tastings and cooking activity. Other gardens sell their abundance to provide access to families. Less often, it is sold to the school or district foodservice program. According to Slow Food USA, "Garden-to-Cafeteria is a program in which students grow, harvest and deliver fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from a school garden to the cafeteria at the same school" (Garden to Cafeteria Toolkit, 2017).
Garden to Cafeteria
9 am-12 pm
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School gardens are ideal spaces for project-based learning (PBL). Many real-world problems can be solved by integrating science, agriculture, technology, engineering, and math into a project. This series involves families in collaboratively identifying a problem, brainstorming a project-based solution, and employing a STE(A)M framework to improve the school garden. Example projects include: Scarecrow Design Challenge (Fall); Holiday Crafts (Winter) and Citizen Science (Spring).
STE(A)M Garden Projects
From the creators of the well-reputed Texas A&M University, the Wildlife Gardener curriculum brings the best from Junior Master Gardener Program and the National Wildlife Federation. This program gets kids looking for habitat and thinking creatively about ways humans can positively impact the environment to make it more friendly for a variety of organisms. For more information about this curriculum, see Wildlife Gardener.