Welcome back to school!

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

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Denver County Fair Locarama Diorama Contest

Check out our winners for this year’s contest. Check out the competition for next year.


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Annual School Garden Tour

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:

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Register Now for Literacy in the Garden

DSCN1413May Workshop

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


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Free Seeds to Alliance Members

SeedlingsSeed-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 .

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Happy New Year!

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 gigia@slowfooddenver.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.

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DPS/Chipotle New Garden Grant

Chipotle Garden GrantDPS, 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

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STT Fall 2013 Workshops

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.
Register now

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.
Register now

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.
Register now


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School Garden Tour August 24

JCOS Garden Gate

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!

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National Children & Youth Garden Symposium


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

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