Integrated Programming with Community Gardens


Published on

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

Published in: Self Improvement, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • 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
  • Integrated Programming with Community Gardens

    1. 1. Integrated Programming<br />Community Gardens<br />In Gaston County NC<br />
    2. 2. Integrated Programming<br />Issues-based programs that break the barriers between different program areas and agents<br />We’ve always worked together, but Integrated Programming is intentional and recorded<br />Intended to magnify impacts<br />
    3. 3. Benefits<br />This makes what you’ve always done look even better<br />Working with other agents isn’t a new concept, but the name makes it sound impressive, intentional and impactful<br />Measurable impacts mean better reports and potential funding<br />
    4. 4. Facts<br />Combines the strengths of different colleagues in different program areas<br />Agriculture<br />Natural Resources<br />Family and Consumer Sciences<br />4-H and Youth Development<br />Community Resource Development<br />
    5. 5. Examples<br />Local Food Movements<br />Military Base Programs<br />4-H Summer Camps<br />Senior Programming<br />Community Gardens<br />
    6. 6. My Point of View<br />Community Gardens are a great way to integrate diverse program areas and agents within Cooperative Extension to impact our community<br />
    7. 7. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />GastonCommunityGardens<br />Promoting healthy lifestyles through vegetable gardening and nutrition education<br />
    8. 8. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Agricultural basics<br />Preventing youth obesity<br />Promoting healthy lifestyles<br />Character building<br />Experiential learning<br />
    9. 9. Support local, sustainable agriculture.<br />Youth are learning about:<br />sustainable agriculture practices<br />environmental responsibility<br />taste and quality of locally grown produce<br />Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />
    10. 10. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Create an outdoor classroom.<br />Many teachable moments occur in the garden: <br />Math<br />Science<br />Biology<br />Character building<br />
    11. 11. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Horticulture<br /><ul><li>Garden Skills
    12. 12. Harvest how to
    13. 13. Stages of growth and development</li></li></ul><li>Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />4-H and EFNEP<br />Food safety<br />Nutrition education<br />New foods<br />4-H Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)<br />
    14. 14. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Volunteers<br /><ul><li>Master Gardeners
    15. 15. Site coordinators
    16. 16. Master Beekeepers
    17. 17. Food systems</li></li></ul><li>Gaston Community Gardens<br />Impacts of spring 2009<br />150 students in 9 classes in schools throughout the county<br />15 weekly class and garden lessons<br />KASA changes in horticulture skills, food and food system knowledge, nutrition aspirations<br />
    18. 18. Integrated Programming<br />Brought together almost every agent in our local staff<br />Is a developing concept in our office and across the state<br />Looking for more opportunities locally<br />Statewide, there are several great examples<br />
    19. 19. Resources to Get Started<br />Your staff members<br />Online<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
    20. 20.<br />
    21. 21. Just Remember…<br />Plants have all the anthers!<br />
    22. 22. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Things We Learned<br />Site visit<br />Interagency agreement<br />In-kind donations<br />
    23. 23. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Things We Learned<br />Watering delicate plants is an essential part of gardening activities.<br />
    24. 24. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Things We Learned<br />This is a vegetable garden, but it is also a flower garden and a home for bugs and other creatures<br />
    25. 25. Gaston Community Gardens – <br />Harvesting Healthy Youth<br />Things We Learned<br />Proper harvesting techniques are important to teach!<br />
    26. 26. Go out and garden<br />Mark Blevins<br /><br />