Allie and I had a chance to present some of our activities and cooking ideas at the RAFT symposium last Thursday. Thank you to Chris DeKay at RAFT for the opportunity to present. For those of you interested, here is a preview of a few activities from our upcoming “Clean” curriculum, which deals with teaching gardening to young learners. Also, here is the already published “Good” curriculum, up on the Slow Food USA website.
Get ready for our annual school garden tour on August 30th, with more mini workshops!
Time to get ready for your Youth Farmers’ Markets and the Garden to Cafeteria Program. Slow Food Denver and Denver Urban Gardens have scheduled the following Training dates.
Garden to Cafeteria Trainings
All DPS schools that want to participate in the Garden to Cafeteria program are required to come to this training. If you are not a DPS school but are interested in health and safety protocols regarding the garden to cafeteria program, you are welcome to come as well. Trainings are free and will take place at The Horse Barn
07/14/2015 Tue. 6:00PM – 7:00PM
07/20/2015 Mon. 9:00AM – 10:00AM
07/22/2015 Wed. 4:00PM – 5:00PM
08/03/2015 Mon. 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Youth Farmers’ Market Trainings
Any school interested in participating in the Denver Youth Farmers’ market program is welcome to come to this training. If this is your first time doing a farmers’ market, you must attend one of these sessions. If you have participated in the past and cannot make it to the training, please contact Shawnee Adelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trainings are free and will take place at The Horse Barn
Tuesday April 7 6:00 – 8:00
At last, it is Spring! Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing. Our next Seed to Table Workshop is very timely. The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to learning how to create friendly habitats for native pollinators (bees, butterflies and other insects), as well building mason bee houses. The second half is all about herbs! – selecting, planting and simple “cooking” activities centered around herbs. You will have the opportunity order wholesale herbs for planting in early May. Free wildflower seeds supplied.This will be an evening filled with hands on learning. Dinner provided, courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Free to STT Alliance members and volunteers.
Thanks to all of you who attended our last two workshops and the Denver Public Schools Garden Forum last weekend. Here are some resources for early spring.
Use these GardenPlanning lessons to help your students plan and organize your garden.
Our Plant Cultivation Activity Guide will help you get seedlings started in the classroom, transplant and lay out your garden plots.
Thanks to our last Community Engagement Workshop with Denver Urban Gardens and our panel of experts, we have put together these tips to help your school be enthusiastic garden supporters. Community Workshop Notes.
Register now for our April Workshop on pollinators and herbs.
February 2015 Seed Starting
Test your soil composition and soil fertility with your students. Learn how to find the right soil ammendments. Start seeds and transplants in a classroom setting. Free seed distributions. Dinner provided, courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Wednesday, February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Free to STT Alliance members and volunteers. Register Now.
Looking for a funding opportunity for your school garden in 2015?
The Slow Food – Chipotle partnership focused around school gardens can help do just that. Download this file to learn about funding options, incentives and other program support to get the wheels turning in your 2015 school garden plan. Then, fill out the enclosed form to get started. Please peruse the options, decide if and in what you are interested and return the forms to our office by January 31, 2015.
While snow blankets the ground and the flora around us slumbers, this might just be the perfect time to dream about the bounty of possibilities for your school. Happy New Year and here’s to a bountiful and delicious 2015.
Late fall in the garden can be beautiful
Late fall is a beautiful time to go out in the garden. Try this easy seed exploration activity that begins outside and continues in the classroom. Both K-2 versions and grades 3-5 are available.
Finish up the season with our last Garden Discovery lesson, Poetry of the Senses. Here are the other Garden Discovery Lessons.
What produce can you plant in the fall? Take some garlic and spinach seeds back to your school to plant for next year. Learn about season extenders and how to use them.
Students love to see how foods are processed from grains into flours. Learn how to make whole grain pancakes and biscuits in a classroom setting. Use our grain mill to make fresh flours and discover the different qualities of the grains. Get tips about planting a grain plot in the spring.
Register Now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-planting-and-cooking-with-grains-tickets-13039973913
Our third garden discovery lesson lets students learn how to mix flavors right in the garden with no cooking. Check out our One Bite Lessons.
For last week’s Observation activity try the Similarities and Differences for Grades K-2 and the Plant Timeline for Grades 3-5. Please try it with your teachers and let us know how it goes.
For the first week’s Scavenger Hunt see , ScavengerHuntK-2 and ScavengerHunt3-5
Red Currants at Eagleton
Our second garden discovery lesson teaches students how to observe closely and use garden journals. Try the Similarities and Differences for Grades K-2 and the Plant Timeline for Grades 3-5. Please try it with your teachers and let us know how it goes.
For last week’s Scavenger Hunt see , ScavengerHuntK-2 and ScavengerHunt3-5