Growing School Gardens
 
School gardens are a growing initiative to help children understand where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment, and their communities at large.

A school garden can have an impact on the entire life and educational program of school and the surrounding community. Gardening activities can be incorporated into nearly every curriculum subject to enhance the appreciation of the natural world, and to provide hands-on learning activities for students.
 
As a member of the community, you'll receive...  
  • Invitations to free webinars and live chats.
  • A CE certificate for attending/viewing our webinars.
  • Access to all of the recorded webinars, presentations, resources, and online discussions.
This online learning community is a place for educators, gardeners, parents, and community volunteers to come together to share information and resources on how to start and maintain a school garden, and integrate it into the curriculum and the life of a school.

Upcoming Webinars
 
Winter Planning For The Spring School Garden
Monday, January 21, 2013 -at 4pm ET

Speakers: Beth Feehan, Director of the NJ Farm to School Network, and Dorothy Mullen, Founder of the Princeton School Garden Program. 

REGISTER HERE for the webinar.

 
Design Ideas for a Fun, Successful Instructional School Garden
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 4pm ET

Speaker: John Fisher, Outreach Director, Life Lab 
REGISTER HERE for the webinar.

Garden to Plate
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 4pm ET
Presenter: Jessica Cuevas, teacher and coordinator of the Margate Schools Garden, and winner of the inaugural New Jersey School Garden of the Year Award.
 
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Winter Planning for the Spring School Garden

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4pm ET 
 
Speakers: Beth Feehan, Director of the NJ Farm to School Network, and Dorothy Mullen, Founder of the Princeton School Garden Program.

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.  

Join Beth Feehan and Dorothy Mullen on January 21 to learn how to get ready this winter for a school garden this spring. Beth and Dorothy will provide advice for working on your budget and funding; lining up volunteers for spring work days; and ordering seeds and starts.

They also will give you pointers on mapping out the schedule if many classes are sharing one space; setting up a credit line at the local nursery; and making sure the administration's interests are represented in the design. And if you want to get your students involved in their school garden right away, you will hear about winter projects for them. 

REGISTER HERE for the webinar.