August 15-19: School Gardens Workshop

Building the classroom connections from the soil to the table. For teachers, administrators, parents, or volunteers who are wanting to start a school garden or evolve their present garden: We will explore regional support networks, curriculum and essential learning requirements, basics of gardening, food safety, small livestock, and the kitchen connection.

http://quillisascut.com/farm-school/school-gardens/ 
August 15-19th, 2009 
Quillisascut School Garden workshop for school teachers, administrators, parents, or volunteers who are wanting to start a school garden or evolve their present garden: We will explore how planting a garden can feed us healthy foods as well as save the Earth, how composting closes the loop in our farm to table cycle, and how we can learn from ‘Natures Operating System’ and the simple joy of putting ourselves back in the garden circle.

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    • Building Regional Networks that Support School Gardens: Speaker from Puget Sound School Garden Collective will explain how their organization has evolved and some of the highs and lows of garden projects. Examples of challenges that have come up and how they are being resolved.
    • How to get started (planting the seed and breaking ground) Gardens come in all shapes and sizes some are on asphalt, or rooftops and others look more like traditional gardens. (slide show of regional school gardens)
    • How to of basic gardening (composting, direct seeding, transplanting) These will be taught using existing school garden curriculum so participants will get a feel for the process as well as examples on how to teach these topics.
    • Integrating small livestock ( honeybees and chickens)
    • Bringing it into the kitchen: the flip side of growing produce is how to handle it properly, food-safety (food born hazards) and how to prepare it into a nutritious and tasty meal.
    • Examples of Filling Essential Learning requirements with garden curriculum: Health, nutrition, reading, writing, art, social studies, culture, science, and math. Garden journaling filled with images- essays- feathers-artwork.
    • Gardens and food as carriers of culture. Themed gardens with herbs and plants from different cuisines. Asian, Italian, Mexican.

What if everyone could learn the wonders of sowing seeds, nurturing plants, and learning how to cook produce fresh from the garden? What a wonderful world it would be! Here at Quillisascut Farm School we are continuing to build our school gardens and we will show you how to get started; composting, building raised beds, direct seeding, transplanting and more. Join us for this workshop where we will integrate what is happening around the west with the school garden movement. This is a chance to get your hands and your heart aligned with building a delicious future for our children.

Lora Lea Misterly
Quillisascut Farm
2409 Pleasant Valley Road
Rice, WA 99167 509 738-2011
www.quillisascut.com
for a just world where everyone has a seat at the table

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