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Community Gardens in Schools! Eric Stormer

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A brief history of Community Gardening efforts relating to children and schools. Practical considerations to enable development of a School Community Garden. Discussion points include: relevance to educator needs; connecting educators with resources; providing educators with deliverable lesson content; the value of community gardens; types of community gardens; leadership structure; building advocacy; marketing; communications strategies; safety; fundraising and planning.

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Community Gardens in

Schools!

Eric Stormer

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Gardening and education - Educator Buy-Ins

Relate gardening to curriculum

Opportunity for collaborative learning Integration of theory and practice Teacher facilitates inquiry-based learning Connects classroom to living laboratory Site based, experiential learning Asset-building in children in adolescents

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Build Interest Health Benefits of Green Space School Gardens encourage kids to eat

Healthy Foods Academic and behavioral benefits of

environmental education

Research tell us…

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Community Gardens – The History (for educators)

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Some History…

The Allotment Garden

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Allotment Gardens

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Meanwhile, in far off America…

World War I

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World War I

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Make it Easy to DoConnect Educators with Resources

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Offer Deliverable Content

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The (Additional) Value ofCommunity Gardens

Aesthetic Economic Social Quality of Life Reduction in Crime Lifelong learning Environmental

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Opportunity to participate in healthy physical activity

Fresh, better tasting food at substantially lower cost over store-bought

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Community Gardens may be for Growing Flowers…

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Vegetables,

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Children,

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Growing Children Since 1914.

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as Entrepreneurial Ventures,

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and to Combat Hunger.

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They may Provide Habitat…

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and Reinforce School Lessons.

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They may be Rain Gardens…

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or they may be Therapeutic.

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Some are Edible Landscapes!

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But first, we need people,…

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and a patch of good soil!

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“Growing” a Community Garden.

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Develop Structure & Leadership

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Building Advocacy -Marketing

Certifications, Recognition & Support

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Community Partnerships

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Communicationstrategies.

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Create a Safe Environment

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Think ‘bout money!

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Garden Solicitation 101

Fundraising

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Take time to develop a garden plan.

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Have Fun!!!

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Questions?