Field Program

Summary: After a successful year at The Orchard Garden, the Education Team is seeking to implement a more formal workshop series to address and explore the curricular, pedagogical, and practical aspects of garden-based education for teacher education. Our team has designed a 6-part workshop series, open to all teacher education students (but specifically designed to complement students who will be participating in 3-week enhanced practicum experiences in schools with gardens).

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

Workshop #1: 
October 27th, 2012 
 9:00am – 1:00pm 
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

Workshop #2: 
November 17th, 2012 
9:00am – 1:00pm 
Curriculum connections.
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

Workshop #3: 
December 1st, 2012 
9:00am – 1:00pm 
Garden ecosystems.
A holistic exploration of the interconnected relationships in a garden, including concets from permaculture design. Topics including: soil health, compost, nutrients, water, crop rotation, animals, weather & climate.

Workshop #4: 
January 12th, 2012 
9:00am – 1:00pm 
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. 

Workshop #5: 
February 9th, 2012 
9:00am – 1:00pm 
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.

Workshop #6: 
March 2nd, 2012 
9:00am – 1:00pm 
Hands on! 
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.