Summertime in the School Garden: Exploring Opportunities to Support and Share Your School Garden


Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.24.08 AMSummertime presents both unique challenges and important opportunities when it comes to school gardens.  Who takes care of the garden when school is out?  How can the school garden be connected to summer learning and healthy food access opportunities?  In the May webinar for the Growing School Gardens community, Mary Stein, Associate Director of the National Farm to School Network, hosted two partners from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and the USDA-FNS for a discussion of various aspects of school gardens in summer.  Danielle Fleury and Emily Jackson shared examples of how school gardens across the country are connecting to important summer feeding program sites and other out-of-school educational opportunities. Attendees also learned about how Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, YMCAs, universities, parent coalitions and more can connect their school garden to the community during the summer break. View the webinar for ideas and steps to take to connect with community partners to make the most of your school garden during the summer months.

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Growing School Gardens is a professional learning community (PLC) for educators, gardeners, parents, and community volunteers to come together to share information and resources on how to start and maintain a school garden, and integrate it into the curriculum, the life of a school, and the local community.  This program is co-hosted by, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab.

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