2019 Arizona School Garden Sustainability Summit

Date: September 5, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The agenda scheduled for Thursday, September 5th will feature messages from Lacy Stephens, Program Manager with the National Farm to School Network. Lacy’s focus area with the Network is building Farm to Early Care Education practices, which often includes building early care gardens. Lacy coordinates the NFSN Farm to Early Care and Education Working Group and NFSN Farm to School Research Committee serves on the CACFP National Advisory Council and is President of the Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Prior to joining NFSN, Lacy worked with Montana Team Nutrition, Montana Office of Public Instruction, and the University of Missouri Extension and has over a decade of experience in child and adult nutrition and gardening education programs. Based in Bozeman, Montana, Lacy is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Montana State University.

September 5th (Mesa, AZ) 9:00am-4:00pm

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Intensive Garden Workshop Descriptions: 

Garden Tour (50 max) 

Each event is designed to develop longevity in school gardens for successful programming year after year. Learn from experts in garden and farm management in a variety of educational settings. With a visit to Mesa Community College’s Urban Farm and Community Garden program and one premier Elementary School within Mesa Public Schools, see how others are designing their outdoor learning spaces. 

Garden to Café (50 max) [Food Service Learning codes: (1220)(1230)(2630)(3230)(4160)] 

Each event is designed to develop longevity in school gardens for successful programming year after year. September 5th will feature intensive workshops that focus on researched-based practices in school garden program development. Methods for sustainability in school gardens includes building Garden to Cafeteria Programs. This intensive workshop will feature curriculum mapping methods, a site visit with the EVIT’s school garden program and will close with a Chef-inspired culinary demonstration. 

Curriculum Integration (50 max) 

Each event is designed to develop longevity in school gardens for successful programming year after year. September 5th will feature methods of practice for integrating the school garden with curriculum standards. Learn from Echo Canyon Elementary, within the Scottsdale Unified School District methods for success in leveraging the school garden to engaged students in a variety of core subjects like math and science. 

Garden Committee Building (50 max) 

Each event is designed to develop longevity in school gardens for successful programming year after year. One of the beginning steps for successful school garden programming and program sustainability is to develop your school garden committee.

Day 1: Opening keynote, a breakout session, lunch, and a 3-hour intensive workshop. Each workshop will be capped a 50 people maximum. These seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis through email at ArizonaFarmtoSchool@azed.gov. To select from the four workshops ahead of time, you can review the flyer attached in this section announcement.

Day 2: A series of concurrent breakout sessions will fill the day related to topics on integrating the curriculum into the school garden, building a garden committee, developing skills in Arizona based gardening and other applications in sustainable school garden programming. For more information about the Day 2 agenda please email ArizonaFarmtoSchool@azed.gov.

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