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Community Gardens in Schools

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A brief history of Community Gardening efforts relating to children and schools. Practical considerations to enable development of a School Community Garden. Discussion points include: relevance to educator needs; connecting educators with resources; providing educators with deliverable lesson content; the value of community gardens; types of community gardens; leadership structure; building advocacy; marketing; communications strategies; safety; fundraising and planning.

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Community Gardens in Schools

  1. 1. Community Gardens in Schools! Eric Stormer
  2. 2. Gardening and education Educator Buy-Ins Relate gardening to curriculum       Opportunity for collaborative learning Integration of theory and practice Teacher facilitates inquiry-based learning Connects classroom to living laboratory Site based, experiential learning Asset-building in children in adolescents
  3. 3. Research tell us… Build Interest  Health Benefits of Green Space  School Gardens encourage kids to eat Healthy Foods  Academic and behavioral benefits of environmental education
  4. 4. Community Gardens – The History (for educators)
  5. 5. The Allotment Garden Some History…
  6. 6. Allotment Gardens
  7. 7. World War I Meanwhile, in far off America…
  8. 8. World War I
  9. 9. Make it Easy to Do Connect Educators with Resources
  10. 10. Offer Deliverable Content
  11. 11. The (Additional) Value of Community Gardens        Aesthetic Economic Social Quality of Life Reduction in Crime Lifelong learning Environmental
  12. 12.  Opportunity to participate in healthy physical activity  Fresh, better tasting food at substantially lower cost over storebought
  13. 13. Community Gardens may be for Growing Flowers…
  14. 14. Vegetables,
  15. 15. Children, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Growing Children Since 1914.
  16. 16. as Entrepreneurial Ventures,
  17. 17. and to Combat Hunger.
  18. 18. They may Provide Habitat…
  19. 19. and Reinforce School Lessons.
  20. 20. They may be Rain Gardens…
  21. 21. or they may be Therapeutic.
  22. 22. Some are Edible Landscapes!
  23. 23. But first, we need people,…
  24. 24. and a patch of good soil!
  25. 25. “Growing” a Community Garden.
  26. 26. Develop Structure & Leadership
  27. 27. Certifications, Recognition & Support Building Advocacy Marketing
  28. 28. Community Partnerships
  29. 29. Communication strategies.
  30. 30. Create a Safe Environment
  31. 31. Think ‘bout money!
  32. 32. Fundraising Garden Solicitation 101
  33. 33. Take time to develop a garden plan.
  34. 34. Have Fun!!!
  35. 35. Questions?

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