FREE Volunteer Training with School Gardens – Sept 8th & 9th, 2017

The first Volunteer Training of the new school year is coming up very soon!
School Gardens staff members are looking forward to meeting new
friends, as well as welcoming back familiar ones.

Two identical sessions are offered:
– Friday, September 8th, 9:00 to noon –
OR
– Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 to noon –

Register by sending an email to ian@LCschoolgardens.org and
specifying which day you plan to attend.

Summer Garden Schedule and Adopt-a-Garden

We just finished our last week of Spring Programs in School Gardens, which means that Summer Garden programs will be starting soon. Please come visit a school garden near you this summer – they are all open to the community on a weekly basis.

We are still in need of families to adopt gardens for a week this summer. Adopting a garden means that you help take care of it for a week – watering every few days (depending on temperatures), and harvesting what is ripe and ready to be picked. Gardening expertise or experience is not necessary! Once you have signed up we will review watering and harvesting with you before your scheduled week arrives.

There are so many different opportunities to volunteer or participate this summer – see the schedule above and contact info@LCschoolgardens.org if you need more information. All garden activities and programs are FREE.

 

Spring 2017 Garden programs begin March 6th, 2017

Weekly Spring Garden programs begin on Monday, March 6th, 2017
– this means a lot of good things, including weekly volunteer opportunities!

If you haven’t volunteered with us before, please email our Volunteer Coordinator julia@lcschoolgardens.org and
we’ll get you plugged in with the garden or activity that’s right for you and your schedule.

Every hour you’re able to contribute as a volunteer – whether it’s on a weekly, monthly, or even an
annual basis – makes a difference in the lives of kids and families in our community.

FREE Volunteer Training with School Gardens – Feb 17 & Feb 18, 2017

The first Volunteer Training of 2017 is coming up next month in February.
School Gardens staff members are looking forward to meeting new
friends, as well as welcoming back familiar ones.

Two identical sessions are offered:
– Friday, February 17th, 9:00 to noon –
OR
– Saturday, February 18th, 9:00 to noon –

Register by sending an email to ian@LCschoolgardens.org and
specifying which day you plan to attend.

Schedule for Summer Garden programs and Adopt-a-Garden

We’re coming up on the final week of Spring programs in School Gardens, which also means that Summer Garden programs will be starting soon.

We are also in need of families to adopt gardens for a week this summer. Adopting a garden means that you help take care of it for a week (or more!) – watering every few days (depending on the temperature), and harvesting what is ripe and ready to be picked. Gardening expertise or experience is not necessary! Once you have signed up we will review watering and harvesting with you before your scheduled week arrives.

There are so many different opportunities to volunteer or participate this summer – see the schedule below and contact info@LCschoolgardens.org if you still need more information. All garden activities and programs are FREE.

Summer Garden Schedule 2016

School Garden Summer Schedule 2016 can be downloaded here.

Spring Garden Programs begin week of March 7

Spring Garden Programs begin the second week of March, which means weekly volunteer opportunities!
If you haven’t volunteered with us, please email info@lcschoolgardens.org to tell us particular times you’re available – weekly, monthly, or even annually – every hour makes a difference in the lives of kids and families in our community.

School Gardens Spring 2016 image

Print your own copy: School Gardens Spring 2016

Training for School Garden Volunteers 2/19 & 2/20 – Register Now!

“Ultimately, it is our volunteers who make it possible for students to experience the garden in a meaningful way.”

Whether you are already helping in a school garden, or just thinking about getting your hands dirty, this FREE TRAINING EVENT is for you!

We hope you can attend one of these two (identical) sessions:

  • Friday February 19, 9:00 to noon
  • Saturday February 20, 9:00 to noon

Location:
Northlake Elementary
Garden Lab Rm 26 (2nd portable)
2210 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632

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Learn simple, effective techniques for helping kids (and plants!) to grow. We will work in the classroom as well as out in the garden; there will be plenty of hands-on learning. Topics include:
  • Why school gardens?
  • Garden activities and lessons
  • Starting seeds indoors and out
  • Composting with kids
  • Cooking with kids
  • Garden safety
  • Group management
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • School Garden Resources
  • and more!

Enjoy learning and connecting with great people who have a shared passion for kids, gardens, and good food. Snacks provided. Meet the new garden rabbits Sam and Sorrel.

This training is free! All are welcome.

To REGISTER: send an email to ian@lcschoolgardens.org, specify which day works best for you.

See you there – thank you!

October is for Harvest Festivals

The month of October was chock full of fun and goodness in the world of School Gardens. Most months of the year we delight in bringing real food and hands-on learning to hundreds of students on a weekly basis, but do you know what makes October so special?…

Harvest Festivals!

School Garden Harvest Festivals only happen once a year and call for “all hands on deck” to make them work. That means all of our School Garden volunteers, PTO members, staff, AmeriCorps members, parents and many of our board members show up to help. This year, our biggest year yet, nine elementary schools were able to participate.

That means every student at those 9 schools:

  • made and drank fresh apple cider
  • ground corn into cornmeal and wheat berries into flour
  • ran the straw bale obstacle course
  • shucked fresh corn
  • ate roasted garden veggies and corn-on-the-cob
  • listened and danced to live music
  • learned more about real food

…all in their School Gardens.

Once again, none of these opportunities for our local students to experience real food and hands-on learning could happen without the support of so many people and businesses in this community. Thank you!

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Entek generously sponsors St. Helens Harvest Festival

Every student at St. Helens had a blast on October 6 and learned a lot about real food at the same time. The Harvest Festival at St. Helens was generously sponsored by Entek. Many thanks to all our volunteers who worked so hard to make it a wonderful day for all.

Email info@lcschoolgardens.org to get in on similar events every year during the month of October.

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