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Programs

School gardens are a treasure...

 

  • A school garden’s vibrant experiential space stimulates memorable learning across curricula.

  • Students working in a dynamic ecologic system are inspired to be curious, to develop critical thinking skills and to find comfort in nature.

  • Students value growing and cooking fresh foods within a community which builds character.

 

School gardens require planning and resources

 

  • Living, breathing garden classrooms are relatively easy to start, but can be a challenge to sustain over time in ways that support teachers and bolster student learning.

  • WWVF2S provides coordinated leadership and resources for school community involvement, critical to maximizing meaningful use of the garden.

When School communities partner with WWVF2S, the foundation for a thriving school garden program is created.

 

We envision a school garden program where students feed their bodies and minds growing and tasting fresh healthy foods while experiencing science that’s come to life through hands on lessons in the garden. School gardens impact academic achievement as well as student’s overall attitudes about school and learning. Along with growing salad greens and radishes students cultivate respect for nature, patience and teamwork.

 

How does WWVF2S support school gardens? 

 

As visually described in the Community Flower Garden graphic created by Julie Christian, WWVF2S partners with schools to provide:

           1) financial compensation;

           2) workshops and trainings on best practices in gardening, lesson oversight and community development;             3) lesson outlines and materials.

  • Gardening supplies (seeds, starts, compost and mulch) as available.

  • Coordination with community volunteer groups to assist with school garden maintenance.

  • Oversight for school garden maintenance events.

  • Teachers and the District collaboration to identify the most suitable garden lessons and Professional Development.

  • Teacher Professional Development to use the garden to support student learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting a School Garden

School Garden Programming

The school garden lessons we use have been developed by us in collaboration with teachers and Garden Education Managers or gathered from multiple sources including Life Lab and School Garden Project.

  • “One time” per season garden lesson  visits for every grade

Summer Garden Maintenance

 

Taking time to work in your school’s garden is rewarding and fun.  Please consider signing up for one week over the summer. 

Food Focus Events

 

These events are designed to bring the school community together to celebrate seasonal food, to consider food’s impact on good health, and to strengthen our dialogue about the local food system and the role we play in it.  The Whitman College Fellowship Program has been instrumental in delivering this program.  Check out our calendar for upcoming Food Focus Events at area schools and community centers.

 

Recipes

Farm Education

 

Farm Field Trip Programming

We believe every child deserves to experience a farm.  When funding and resources permit, we arrange farm field trips for whole grades of students.  We have worked with these farmers to arrange farm field trips.  – Thank you Farmers!  Welcome Table Farm, Jimenez Farms, Smalls Family Farm,

Harvest of the Month Tasting Tables

This program helps link farmers to schools and students to great local food! 

Become a Harvest of the Month (HOM) Tasting Table Volunteer at your school!

Volunteers will prepare for and oversee a tasting table once a month at a school cafeteria during lunch.  The table will feature information about a locally grown food, the farmer that grew it and samples of a local food.  Depending on the school, volunteers may assist with food preparation.  Volunteer time is generally 2 hours each time plus a 30 minute meeting prior to the event to pick up promotional materials.

Click here to sign up to Volunteer To Be a HOM Tasting Volunteer!

Local Foods and Farmers

 

A local seasonal food and the farmer that grew it is featured during Harvest of the Month events, Food Focus events and during farm field trips.  Click on the food and/or farmer links below to learn more about our local bounty and farms.

FOODS                                         

  1. Apples                                      

  2. Asparagus                               

  3. Carrots - Español  

  4. Garbanzo Beans - Español  

  5. Lentils

  6. Plums

  7. Pears - Español  

  8. Potatoes - Español  

  9. Roasted Roots

  10. Salad Greens - Español  

  11. Tomatoes

  12. Winter Squash - Español  

One of our 3 groups of kindergarten students was stacked with typically challenging behaviors, but I was pleasantly surprised when I worked with them that they were my best group! They were much more engaged.”

– Tensie Lovejoy Green Park Elementary

October 16, 2019

“When we have taken part in offered school garden lessons, I’ve noticed students ask deeper questions in science and use a broader vocabulary when we discuss science topics”.

– Eli Entrena Edison Elementary

3rd Grade Teacher Spring 2017

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