2014 Schoolyards header post-conference

CONFERENCE FOLLOW-UP

     AGENDA

     BIOS

     POSTER PRESENTER AND EXHIBITOR LIST

     FOLDER


COLLABORATING SPONSORS 

     MNSGC logo

     U of M Master Gardener Logo

DONOR
Anonymous

SUPPORTING SPONSOR/PATRON

Midwest Food Connection

Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota Department of Health

The Wedge Coop

PRODUCT SPONSOR
Great Harvest Bread Company

ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS
Action for Healthy Kids
BeezKneez

Better Ed
Bloomington Public Health
Center for Family Development - Health & Nutrition
      University of Minnesota Extension
Children, Youth and Family Consortium
      University of Minnesota Extension
Columbia Heights Public Schools
Duluth Community Garden Program
Farm to School - Minneapolis Public Schools
Gardening Matters
Harvest Moon Edible Landscape
Jeffers Foundation
Mankato Area Jaycees
Metro Blooms
Midwest Food Connection
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MDA)
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
Minnesota Children & Nature Connection (MNCNC)
     MNCNC Event Flier
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
SPARK-Y
University of Minnesota Extension
Urban Roots
Youth Farm and Market Project

ENDORSE THIS CONFERENCE!
Endorsing organization guidelines
Endorsing organization sign-up form

 

CULTIVATING THE FUTURE
Friday, February 28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

$60 Arboretum members and conference affiliates
$70 general registration

BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS of last year's conference, presentations will again feature gardens and share best practices from Minnesota school gardens that engage children in learning about food, nutrition, science, environment, the arts, and more.

NEW  IN 2014!

The Answer Room Bring your questions and build your toolkit for success!
Meet the Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition Learn more about it, talk with members, learn how to get involved.
The Exhibitor Fair will connect you with resources for help with your garden. Browse tables for curriculum ideas, education program support, horticultural and other expert advisors.
The Poster Session will showcase stories, experiences and lessons from existing school gardens.


AFTER-HOURS HAPPY HOUR & RECEPTION
At the Arboretum

Brought to you by the Schoolyard Garden Coalition
Don't fight traffic! Join us in welcoming JOHN FISHER to Minnesota! Meet members of the Coalition and enjoy the Arboretum after hours and relax in the conservatory, warm yourself in the Fireplace Room, and enjoy the wonders of the Arboretum as the sun sets.


SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE!

Participate in the Poster Session
The Schoolyard Coalition is seeking submissions for posters that share information, experiences, insights, and outcomes with others who already have, or are looking to start, a garden at their school. We'd like to know what worked and what didn't - we are all learning to do this together, and the poster session gives everyone a chance to teach and learn!

Poster submissions accepted until February 14!

Poster Guidelines and Sign-up Form


EXHIBITOR FAIR

If you wish to exhibit at the conference, please use the form below to reserve a table. Deadline: February 21!
Exhibit table reservation form


CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE TO SHARE

 

 

 

 

AGENDA
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., with coffee & calories
Conference begins promptly at 8:30.

♦ Welcome
BEVERLY R. DURGAN
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

Opening Remarks
BRENDA CASSELLIUS, Minnesota Commissioner of Education
DAVID FREDERICKSON, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture

Morning Plenary: Launching Change!
Gardens are the foundation of a whole-school transformation. Learn about national trends and studies, the impact of gardening on educational achievement and whole-child development, and how the garden creates an opportunity for developing a transdisciplinary approach.

Keynote Address
JOHN FISHER, Outreach Director, LifeLab, Santa Cruz, California
LifeLab is a nationally recognized organization supporting school gardens around the U.S. with training, curriculum, and materials. Mr. Fisher will describe national trends and research findings on the value of school gardens not only for the students, but for the entire school and its community.

Presentation: A Student's Lessons Learned
IMMANUEL JONES, Sustainability Committee Member, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Share the birth and growth of Eco-City Minnesota, an organization dedicated to changing the way youth are perceived through gardening.

♦ Poster Session and Exhibitor Fair

Exhibitor Fair:
Connect with resources for help with your garden
Browse tables for curriculum ideas, education program support, horticultural and other expert advisors

Poster Session: School Garden Stories
Experiences and lessons from existing school gardens

♦ Afternoon Breakout Sessions (with coffee!)
School Case Studies: Transformational gardens are the result of a school team effort. Case studies will feature the multiple perspectives of school team members who have made it happen. The goal is to build understanding about the various stakeholders needed in starting and maintaining a school garden, and integrating this asset into school activities.
Little Falls, Minn.(founder of Sibley East School Garden)
Intermediate District 287: South Education Center
Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy
Columbia Heights Public Schools

♦ Afternoon Workshops
Connecting the School - Garden to Curriculum
Chew on This! Utilizing school-grown food at school
From the Gate to the Plate - Steps for safe food handling
The Garden as Teaching Tool for Social Science
Win-Win - Engaging community organizations as partners
Parent Engagement and Opportunity
Bees and Other Pollinators - For your garden and student learning
Gardens for Engineering
Beyond Food - Alternative garden opportunities that meet the needs and resources of your school (with cool benefits)
Opportunities and Challenges of Partnership - Perspective from a preschool garden effort

After-Hours Happy Hour
Join the Schoolyard Garden Coalition and enjoy the winter beauty (spring awakening??) of the Arboretum as the sun goes down, visit with new and old friends.