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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Schoolyard Gardens Conference Set for Early March

“An Ecosystem of Learning, Sharing Common Ground” is the theme of the 2016 Schoolyard Gardens Conference, set for Friday, March 4, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN. The annual event is sponsored by the arboretum and the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, in collaboration with the Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Coalition.

Sessions, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., include the following:
  • What's the buzz on pollinators?
  • Growing for equity in the suburbs.
  • Winter gardening in Minnesota classrooms.
  • Linking the lunchroom and classroom.
  • Food, farming and fun from Wolf Ridge Organic Farm in Finland, MN.

The conference will also feature a keynote address by Betti Wiggins, Executive Director, Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools. In 2011, under her leadership, organizers established the Detroit School Garden Collaborative, which currently supports 78 school-based gardens and a 4.5 acre school farm.
Photo courtesy of Excellent Schools Detroit and DetroitMetro Parent.
Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, join educators, school administrators, gardeners, and community members to learn innovative strategies to sustain and engage diverse learners in thriving schoolyard gardens.

Register today on the conference web page: 2016 Schoolyard Gardens Conference.

FD Communications Team

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