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Integrated Programming with Community Gardens


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Mark Blevins encourages the practice of integrated programming and gives a local example of community gardening in Gaston County North Carolina

Mark Blevins encourages the practice of integrated programming and gives a local example of community gardening in Gaston County North Carolina

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  • I’d like to influence you to give integrated programming a chance and give one example of how it worked for us in Gaston County NC
  • Yesterday’s speaker talked about some of the challenges to Land Grants in the Future, one is getting everyone on the same page and working in the same direction. He specifically mentioned integrated programming, though from his standpoint of getting researchers working with Extension more.The integrated programming I’m talking about are…You may have heard the terms “tear down the silos” or “stop using different buckets”The whole synergy thing (that may be copyrighted)
  • Julie, pictured here with a teacher to her right and a master gardener to her left does a great job of integrating other life skills into the programSpacing Transplants teaches mathScience and Biology are everywhereJohnny, let’s not swing that tomato stake at others, thank you.Delayed gratification, patience, reaping what you sow, etc.
  • Stages…This is a seed, This is a plant, This is a flower, This is a vegetable,
  • Some of the produce students tried for the first time included eggplant, squash, and even watermelon!
  • Lots of fun activitiesPaper potsHealthy fruit parfaits (pictured)Peanut PlantsVegetable PizzasPropagation ActivitiesSo much more
  • February’s not so great in the garden, so we plant sugar peas and stay inside for a few weeks learning about nutrition, wellness and do some inside plant experimentsKnowledge, Aspirations, Skills and Abilities
  • A community garden in Greensboro grew about 15 tons of food and gave away at least 10% of that throughout the city.Community development programs help revitalize neighborhoods and the youth, families and resources within
  • My challenge to you is to work with your co-workers when you return. We are all doing the same thing with different clients and information. Let’s identify some big issues and address them together. Community Gardens are just one way to do this. Make great stuff happen in your own area and share it at meetings like this one.Here are some resources if you’re here just to know how to start a community gardenNC State’s new Community Garden site with lots of resourcesThis includes pre-made curriculum packages including an entire plan that follows 3rd grade standardsBoston Natural Areas NetworkLos Angeles County Cooperative Extension has a great program to teach people how to grow and prepare their foodGreen Guerrillas is a New York program to get gardens growing and people involved in their communityLet’s look at the first one…
  • The first few times, we had the schools provide whatever water nozzle they had available, but we specified on future sites because the students would either do a quick and completely ineffective mist or forcefully erode an entire row of seed.They’ll spray their classmates in a heartbeat so water breakers help with character building, too.
  • Welcome to your vegetable garden today.But this is a flower garden Ms Flowers.Alright, well fruits and vegetables start off as flowers…botany lesson botany lesson blah blahblah
  • Right, we are harvesting peppers today, but we need ones that we can use a fork with, not just a toothpick
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    • 1. Integrated Programming
      Community Gardens
      In Gaston County NC
    • 2. Integrated Programming
      Issues-based programs that break the barriers between different program areas and agents
      We’ve always worked together, but Integrated Programming is intentional and recorded
      Intended to magnify impacts
    • 3. Benefits
      This makes what you’ve always done look even better
      Working with other agents isn’t a new concept, but the name makes it sound impressive, intentional and impactful
      Measurable impacts mean better reports and potential funding
    • 4. Facts
      Combines the strengths of different colleagues in different program areas
      Natural Resources
      Family and Consumer Sciences
      4-H and Youth Development
      Community Resource Development
    • 5. Examples
      Local Food Movements
      Military Base Programs
      4-H Summer Camps
      Senior Programming
      Community Gardens
    • 6. My Point of View
      Community Gardens are a great way to integrate diverse program areas and agents within Cooperative Extension to impact our community
    • 7. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Promoting healthy lifestyles through vegetable gardening and nutrition education
    • 8. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Agricultural basics
      Preventing youth obesity
      Promoting healthy lifestyles
      Character building
      Experiential learning
    • 9. Support local, sustainable agriculture.
      Youth are learning about:
      sustainable agriculture practices
      environmental responsibility
      taste and quality of locally grown produce
      Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
    • 10. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Create an outdoor classroom.
      Many teachable moments occur in the garden:
      Character building
    • 11. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      • Garden Skills
      • 12. Harvest how to
      • 13. Stages of growth and development
    • Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      4-H and EFNEP
      Food safety
      Nutrition education
      New foods
      4-H Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
    • 14. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      • Master Gardeners
      • 15. Site coordinators
      • 16. Master Beekeepers
      • 17. Food systems
    • Gaston Community Gardens
      Impacts of spring 2009
      150 students in 9 classes in schools throughout the county
      15 weekly class and garden lessons
      KASA changes in horticulture skills, food and food system knowledge, nutrition aspirations
    • 18. Integrated Programming
      Brought together almost every agent in our local staff
      Is a developing concept in our office and across the state
      Looking for more opportunities locally
      Statewide, there are several great examples
    • 19. Resources to Get Started
      Your staff members
    • 20.
    • 21. Just Remember…
      Plants have all the anthers!
    • 22. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Things We Learned
      Site visit
      Interagency agreement
      In-kind donations
    • 23. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Things We Learned
      Watering delicate plants is an essential part of gardening activities.
    • 24. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Things We Learned
      This is a vegetable garden, but it is also a flower garden and a home for bugs and other creatures
    • 25. Gaston Community Gardens –
      Harvesting Healthy Youth
      Things We Learned
      Proper harvesting techniques are important to teach!
    • 26. Go out and garden
      Mark Blevins