Garden-Education Teacher Trainings
Cost: $985 - $3000 per training (depending on number of teachers stipends, lunch and resource kit options);
Teacher trainings build a culture of garden education in your school and district. High-quality, focused trainings like ours have been shown to improve teacher confidence and skill and contribute directly to student achievement in many topics, including science, language arts, and nutrition. Through a fun, hands-on training that takes place in an actual school garden (customized for just one school or open to a district), teachers will learn how to utilize the garden as a platform for teaching science, as well as supporting student health and wellness. The training will demonstrate specific lessons, providing lesson plans and materials as well as cover to following for TK-12 educators:
What We Provide:
School or District Provides:
Garden Educator Manager (GEM)
Cost: Title I Schools - $5040; Non-Title I Schools - $7000;
Did you know that studies have shown that garden-based education improves standardized testing scores in science? Not only that, gardens can increase you and your students' enjoyment and engagement with science topics, bridging textbook concepts with real-world experiences. Gardens also improve student health by familiarizing students with fresh, nutritious foods at a young age.
What We Provide: We recruit, hire and train a passionate, qualified Garden Educator Manager (GEM) who will work at your school one day each week throughout the school year. Our GEM will:
Cost: $500 + Materials (varies depending on goals);
Does your school have an existing garden that's a little run down? We can help! We'll organize a 2 to 4 hour workday at your school to give the garden a boost, accomplishing weed control, basic irrigation repair, and other refurbishing so that your teachers can use the garden as a classroom.
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Family Cooking Night
Family Cooking Nights encourage families to adopt cooking and eating together. Because cooking together creates a sense of ownership, preparing meals at home empowers kids with the skills to cook for themselves as adults and eat healthily. When kids help in the kitchen, they have more willingness to try new healthy foods. Cooking also provides time for families to hang out together, and imparts psychological and health benefits! Additionally, cooking reinforces skills like math, teamwork and following instructions that help kids succeed.
Read more about the Family Cooking Night Experience here!
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Zero Waste Your School
Zero waste means rethinking, reducing, reusing, and recycling your school's waste to ZERO, or as close as realistically possible in this day and age. We offer a step-by-step approach which can be scaled to fit your school's desire and ability to go Zero Waste. All of our methods, instructions, and training videos are available for free on our website.
In Zero Waste, knowledge is power. We'll help you understand your waste streams by involving your entire school (or select classes) in sorting a day's worth of your school's trash. We provide all sorting materials: tarps, categorized bins, gloves, scales, etc., and one of our experienced team to organize and oversee the day, working with your students. A final report that summarizes your results and suggests areas of improvement will be provided. We recommend taking
Recycling Sorting System Setup
Most school waste is generated during lunch. Your school can save the environment and money (depending on your waste-hauling costs) simply by sorting your recyclable lunch waste. We'll help you set up the physical sorting system (usually a sequence of bins) as well as the process to help students and staff utilize the system successfully.
Worm Composting System Setup
Cost: $300 - $600, depending on size;
An average elementary school generates 30 to 50 lbs. of compostable fruits and vegetable scraps every day during lunch! You can save those valuable nutrients from the landfill by composting them. We'll help you set up the physical system (collection containers and worm bins) as well as the social systems (the Green Team) to divert the waste.
School Garden Consultations
Are you a teacher, parent, or volunteer who is taking on your school garden? We can help get you started. First, you'll complete a self-assessment survey that helps us understand your goals, garden infrastructure, and existing support and resources. Then, we can meet (by phone or in person) with you twice throughout the year to provide advice, troubleshooting and resources that will help you meet your goals.
Through grant funding and community partnerships, we sometimes provide trainings that are free for teachers and informal garden educators. Contact us to find out what we have to offer!
Garden Education Lesson Plans
We've compiled a trove of great lessons and curriculum over the years. They're free, and we're happy to share!
Thanks to a partnership with Greenheart Farms Nursery, we are able to provide seasonal veggie starts to you at no cost. Three to four times per year we host pick-ups at one or two locations in the county.
Free Volunteer Referrals
We've developed lots of connections with local groups over the years, and we're happy to refer volunteer groups to your site! (You'll still need to coordinate the event with them, provide tools and supervision).
DIY Zero Waste Your School
We provide all of our Zero Waste resources online, for free! With helpful diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and how-to videos, you can conduct a waste audit and bring recycling and composting to your school.