Workshop Series Objectives: By the end of the workshop series, participants will have become familiar with the space of a garden as a rich environment for teaching and learning across the curriculum. Ecological and social justice considerations will frame all aspects of the workshop series, with a particular focus on the place of the teacher (personal, cultural, and geographic positioning and identities) in garden-based education. Extensive engagement with gardening practices, food preparation activities (including eating!), and critical dialogue will be the pedagogical modes of exploration throughout the workshop series.
Each workshop will include:
- Connections to curriculum
- Garden skills
- Planting, harvesting, etc.
- Resources - Recipe
- Food preparation
- Shared light lunch
Workshops at a Glance
What is a school garden?
An introduction to the history of school gardens & their contemporary relevance Including - History of school gardens - Cross-cultural issues around gardening & agriculture - What is a garden - Garden metaphors in education. Introduction of the Cultivating Learning Network.
Garden-based education across the curriculum, with a focus on both elementary & secondary curriculum. - Embodied math in the garden - Art in the garden - English in the garden - History and social studies
A holistic exploration of the interconnected relationships in a garden, including concepts from permaculture design. Topics including soil health, compost, nutrients, water, crop rotation, animals, weather & climate.
School garden design.
Participatory approaches to school garden design including co-design with children, curriculum connections, different design approaches, safety, liabilities, signage, and seasonal considerations.
Sustaining a garden.
Identifying and maintaining support for school gardening activities including funding & administrative support - Community participation - Weeding & other endless work - Engaging community partners - Management plan - summer maintenance/activities, hoses, tools, sheds, infrastructure, etc.
Exploring and reviewing key gardening practices including planting, transplanting, seedlings, tool maintenance, plant families, crop rotation, planting according to the school year calendar, and season extension.
Workshop lead by the Secondary Community Field Experience (CFE) cohort.
Workshop lead by Elementary/Middle Community Field Experience (CFE) cohort.
Other Academic Activities at The Orchard Garden
Secondary Community Field Experience (CFE): April 23-May 12, 2018
Elementary/Middle Community Field Experience (CFE): June 11-30, 2018
Summer Institute in Early Childhood Education: July 9-14, 2018
Summer Institute 2018 Garden-Based Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education: Open(ing) spaces for learning ECED 480A 96A / ECED 565A 96A | non-credit
Dark Garden Arts (Hallowe'en, Day of the Dead): Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Summer Solstice: Thursday, June 28, 2018.