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:
Literacy in the Garden—Mary Ann Bash, from Greenwood Elementary and her program Each One Teach One will show you simple but powerful garden-centered tools to support students’ literacy and increase vocabulary. For the second half, use taste education to develop food related vocabulary.
Tuesday, May 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Register on EventBrite. Free to STT Alliance members and volunteers
Seed-to-Table Alliance Members:
Come visit us at our new office at 3350 Brighton Blvd. and pick up your free seeds. Each school will receive 12 Garden to Cafeteria seeds, along with an assortment of 15 other seed packs.
Office hours are M-F 9 am – 2 pm.
Jump into spring seed starting activities with this Gardening with Young Learners guide and the Garden to Cafeteria Planting Guide .
We have two exciting opportunities to share with you!
1.) Change is in the air! We have been working for the past twelve years to support school gardens in the metro Denver area, providing you with programs, resources and curriculum. We want to know from you what has been useful and where you want to go from here.
Please join us at our new office at The Source for a strategic planning retreat on Saturday, February 1st, 9 am – 12:30 pm, snacks included. Register here. If you can’t make it, but have some ideas to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.) We have more funding for another cooking class for your school in the second half of the year! Katrina and I have been working on new classes that feature more advanced cooking techniques, ethnic foods and simple processing machines.
For class descriptions and to register, click here.
DPS, Chipotle and Slow Food are working together to offer two $10,000 grants for new school gardens in Denver Public Schools. If you are interested, attend the grant writing workshop Wednesday September 25 6:00-7:30 at Morey Middle School. Entrance on Emerson between 13th and 14th.
For more information about DPS school garden guidelines, click here
For the new Slow Food USA guide to school gardens click here
For information on Colorado Core Standards, click here.
For details and to apply, go to: http://www.chipotle.com/Media/GardenGrantApplication.pdf
Sign up now for our fall 2013 Seed-to-Table School Garden Workshops. Note the new day, Mondays!
Garden Journal Discovery
Monday September 9 6:30-8:30 pm
Everyone uses garden journals, but what are they for? Learn how to engage students in activities that promote observation, discovery, curiosity and critical thinking. Tie journal exercises to Common Core standards.
In this hands-on workshop we will be doing 5-6 journaling activities you can use with learners of all ages in order to deepen their educational experience in the garden.
Funding for School Gardens
Monday October 14 6:30-8:30 pm (New Date!)
If you have a laptop, bring it to this grant workshop. Each school garden will fill out a common grant application so that you will be prepared for grant deadlines ahead of time.
Be prepared to answer the following questions: 1. What is the purpose of your garden? 2. Who is involved and what is the impact? 3. What are your needs?
We will also provide a list of resources of organizations and grants that provide funding for gardens.
School Garden Resources
Monday November 11 6:30-8:30 pm
School Gardens are booming along with books, websites, programs, and curriculum. Get familiar with the latest resources and brainstorm with fellow gardeners. We will also discuss funding models for garden leaders from other cities in the U.S.
Please join Slow Food Denver and Denver Urban Gardens
for a school garden tour.
on August 24 from 12:15-5ish
will begin our tour with a wood-fired pizza lunch at
Jefferson County Open School
A map of the following schools will be provided upon arrival.
Cost for the lunch is $12
RSVP by clicking here: http://sttgardentour.eventbrite.com/
Call Gigia 720 235-6230 or Ellie 303 229-9840 for an up-to-date status of where we are in case you want to join in for part of the tour. Carpool if you can!
Today I was grateful to be a presenter at the American Horticulture Society National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. You may find my notes and handouts here.
Slow Food Cooking Philosophy and process for developing cooking intuition: What is a Slow Food Garden.
We talked about using a journal to drive observation and discussion. Here are two master pages, one for activities and one for observation that you can use with your students: JournalPages
Need to know how to set up your cooking classes? Use CookingwithYoungLearners
Need to know how to set up your gardening classes Use GardeningwithYoungLearners
It’s that time of year again! Time to sign up for trainings if you are interested in either the Youth Farmers’ Market or Garden to Cafeteria Programs. These programs are a partnership between Denver Urban Gardens, Slow Food Denver and local schools.
1. Garden to Cafeteria Program for Denver Public Schools
**You must contact Anne Wilson the DPS Farm to School Coordinator to sign up for the program first, before you come to a training. Her email address is: Anne_Wilson@dpsk12.org. You can read more details about the program at: http://foodservices.dpsk12.org/garden.html. DPS is coordinating this program now.
All DPS schools must sign up for the GTC program with Anne Wilson and come to one training.
2. Youth Farmers’ Market for metro Denver schools
Interested in hosting a youth farmers’ market at your school? You must attend a training if you with to use the DUG/Slow Food local food distribution.
Now available in a spiral bound book. Get your own copy! A portion of the proceeds of the curriculum support Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table program.