Michigan State University Extension is hosting Starting and Sustaining the School Garden on January 31, 2013 from 8:30 to 4 p.m. at the MSU Tollgate Education Center in Novi.
Teachers, Food Service Directors, Parents and other volunteers can come and find out all of the essentials to growing a successful school garden. This workshop will work for community and faith-based gardens as well. Katherine Hale, Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, says, “Teachers may want to extend their classroom outdoors but may not feel confident about gardening alone.” This workshop can help give them the resources and tools to be successful.
Research is demonstrating that students who plant and harvest their own fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat them (Cornell, UC Berkley, UC Davis), and garden-based learning can make a positive impact on children’s academic performance (Klemmer et al. 2005). Math and science skills are used in gardening along with scientific methods of investigation and experimentation. Equally important for youth is the lesson on understanding how food gets from seed to table.
Participants will learn, “how to choose the best site for their garden, how to improve their soil, selecting the best vegetable crops that will mature in spring or fall when school is in session, how to conduct regular garden maintenance, how to incorporate the garden into school curriculum and much more”, states Hale. Sessions will be taught by MSU Extension Educators and Master Gardeners.
The workshop is $65 and will run from 8:30-4 p.m.