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.
Just got this amazing link from Pam Hueseman: http://www.finecooking.com/articles/cyor/baked-pasta.aspx. It is a website from Fine Cooking that allows you to create your own dishes by dragging ingredients into the bowl. What a great addition to a school garden lesson, especially if students have ipads or you have access to a Smart Board.
We were happy to host Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement and Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA last weekend! We were so inspired to hear from Carlo as well as to share our work in Denver with him and Richard.
For those gardens who ordered herbs, they will be here May 13 and we you can pick them up at our next meeting, or any time after. Contact Gigia@slowfooddenver.org with any questions.
Ready for a new gardening year? We are! We’ve set our schedule for 2013 with our regular monthly workshops for Seed-to-Table participants, as well as two introductory classes.
See our Events page for more info and to sign up.
Check out this blog on the Edible Schoolyard page: an interview with our Program Director Gigia Kolouch.
Support Slow Food Denver on December 4, for Colorado Gives Day.
Please contribute to Slow Food Denver on Colorado Gives Day, and you will continue to support:
• 800 school garden and taste education classes for nearly 9000 students
• 90 Crop Mob volunteers to assist small, urban, sustainable farmers
• $9000 in microgrants to support local, sustainable food projects
• Farm tours to introduce 100+ Denver-area residents to local growers
• Over 100 Youth Farmers Markets, educating students and providing fresh food to Denver
• Building community through sharing and enjoying food with others
We are one of the most active Slow Food chapters in the country
As part of Colorado Gives Day, 100% of every donation goes to the charity of your choice.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.