Fun at AAPS gardens!
AAPS Farm To School Collaborative Presents the 2nd annual School Garden Tour & Garden Reception on
Sunday, September 25, 20161:00-1:45 p.m. Carpenter Elementary School (Courtyard Feature)
2:00-2:45 p.m. Haisley Elementary School (Inclusive Garden Feature)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Lakewood Elementary School & Garden Reception (Raised Bed Feature)
Transportation is not provided. Sponsored by Lowe's.
Become a Master Composter!
Transform yard debris and kitchen scraps into a nutrient-rich, natural soil amendment. Learn to compost with red worms, compost tea and other agents. This program is coordinated by Project Grow and is designed for the general public, for Master Gardeners to continue their organic gardening education, and as a follow-up to the Project Grow’s Organic Gardener Certificate series. Michigan Master Composter certification is available if you pass the take-home exam and volunteer 10 hours in the community. Instructors include the following certified Master Composters: Erica Kempter, Nature and Nurture; Joet Roema, Master Gardener, Master Rain Gardener; Jesse Raudenbush, Starr Valley Farms, Master Gardener; Chris Simmons & Nancy Stone.
7 weeks, Wednesdays 9/21 – 11/2 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Held at Pioneer, 1515 S. 7th St, Ann Arbor, MI -Conference Room. FEE $59.
This Michigan Master Composter class is offered by Project Grow and Washtenaw County through the Ann Arbor Public Schools Rec & Ed program. Class registration is available online at: www.a2schools.org/reced
Search for “Master Composter.” The fall AAPS Rec & Ed courses will be posted online starting late August.
The AAPS Farm-To-School Collaborative has created an exciting partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement. The partnership allows AAPS gardens that have broken ground the opportunity to select in stock items up to a value of $200. The items will then be ready for pickup at an agreed upon time/day. To add your school garden to the list please contact Farm-To-School Collaborative member Carolyn Herrmann at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide a contact name, email, & phone for your school garden. When it’s your turn Carolyn will be in touch with detailed instructions.
The Ann Arbor Farm to School 2016 Spring Workshop was successful and informative!
If you attended, please take a few minutes to fill out a brief evaluation. The Farm to School Collaborative will use this information in planning future events as well as prioritizing our work for the upcoming year.
Here are a few of the resources that were mentioned during the workshop or relate to the topics discussed.
· Michigan Farm to School Email List: Sign up under “Link to Local Food”
· Serving Up Tradition: A guide for school food in culturally diverse communities
· Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing, Kaitlin Koch just learned about this resource at a conference – it more deeply explains what she touched on in terms of some students have emotional reactions to gardening + agriculture.
· Ann Arbor Farm to School Collaborative website, find information on upcoming events, garden resources and more.
· Guide to Serving Garden Produce in AAPS Cafeterias
Chartwell's is excited to share the eat. learn. live. School Garden Program, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive resource developed in partnership between Chartwells K12 and KidsGardening.org. The program guides both teams and educators through the process of successfully developing, growing, and sustaining school gardens regardless of space, climate, or resources they may have currently available.
Check out their blog here!
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Here are great resources to check out!
1. “Community-Based Agriculture: Safety Guidelines for Youth Working in Gardens”. In the US, Community Based Agriculture is flourishing. The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has a safety guidelines resource.
2. Tips for Starting an Organic Garden. The USDA blog features a list of tips for growing an organic garden.
3. National School Garden Program, from Slow Food USA, has released webinars on good, clean, and fair food for kids of all ages.
4. Let’s Move! Gardening Guide Learn how to start a kitchen garden in your backyard, a school garden at a school, or a community garden for all of your neighbors to enjoy.