Growing Together

Developing Sustainable School Garden Programs

growtog_189x127Growing Together is our teacher training program which supports the Garden in Every School movement, established by Delain Eastin. The purpose of the initiative is to develop sustainable garden programs that will impact campuses through healthy eating, science learning, connection to food, and improving student pride in their school. Activities include hands-on workshops and an annual 2-day symposium.

A Garden in Every School Symposium, a collaborative regional school garden gathering, brings together teachers, community leaders, parents, volunteers and university staff with local nonprofit and business resources. The inspiring weekend includes: hands-on workshops, success stories, guest speakers, best practices, panel discussions, information booths and delicious food. We are the Farm-to-Fork Capital and the goal of a garden in every school offers the potential to create opportunities for our children to discover fresh food, make healthier food choices and to become better nourished. Gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, art, environmental studies, nutrition and health.

My co-workers and I learned a lot and we feel more prepared to bring these hands-on activities into the classroom.

I loved the content and being able to network with other teachers.

I am in awe of the talent, passion and action that is growing in our community. It is inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded people who share a common goal.

This symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for garden enthusiasts and educators to learn and network. I am so inspired and motivated.

As a low-income parent of 3 kids, it was great to meet and share strategies with others who are struggling with similar issues. I’m also absorbing fresh skills and building networks that will benefit my kids’ school.

I felt supported and rebooted with encouragement and knowledge. ~2016 Symposium Attendees

Diggin In School Garden Training

Mon through Fri, July 23 to 27 or August 27 to 31
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View 2016 Symposium video by John Fortes >
View Outside the Box, SEL and Career Pathways video by John Fortes >
View KCRA News Report on the 2016 Symposium >
SCUSD named Gold Medal Green Ribbon District >