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
Join us September 7
Want to see what is happening at your neighborhood school garden? Want to get inspiration for your own garden? Join Slow Food Denver and Denver Urban Gardens on a visit to school gardens on the east side of town. We will start with lunch and then take a guided tour to see four school gardens in the area. We will combine the tour with short garden workshops to help you with your own garden. Lunch provided by Chipotle.
12:30-1:00 Lunch by Chioptle at Park Hill Elementary
1:00-1:30 Park Hill Tour and Chicken Coop Workshop
1:45-2:15 Tour of Escalante-Biggs garden and Literacy in the Garden Workshop by Each One Teach One
2:30-3:00 Tour of Highpoint Academy and Compost Workshop
3:30-4:15 Tour of Logan School and Cooking Workshop
Register now! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-school-garden-tour-tickets-11922186581
The time is ripe for great learning to happen in the garden. Slow Food Denver’s Seed to Table program is offering a 5 part series of easily implemented garden activities to get students and educators introduced to and immersed in the garden. No gardening experience is necessary, just a willingness to engage your kids outside in the garden on one of Colorado’s beautiful late summer and early fall days. Observe the garden in action, experience the garden through taste, and express the garden through poetry.
Our first activity is a Garden Scavenger Hunt, a chance for your students to explore the fall garden while learning about seeds, plant parts and insects. Choose the level appropriate for you, ScavengerHuntK-2 or ScavengerHunt3-5
Check out our winners for this year’s contest. Check out the competition for next year.
Are you a garden leader who wants to learn more about educational programming ideas in gardens? Are you looking to get involved with school gardens or learn more about our program? We will be hosting our Annual School Garden Tour on Sunday, September 7th from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. This tour begins with lunch, followed by visits to several school gardens in our network, and ends with an educational workshop.
You can get tickets to the tour here: