Garden-To-Plate Workshop 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020  8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska MN

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Keynote Speaker, MacMillan Auditorium

Lachelle Cunningham
Culinary Education Coordinator, The Good Acre                 

Break Out Sessions

MacMillan A/C MacMillan B/D Arboretum Harvest Kitchen
Plant a seed for food security:
Be a catalyst for food system change 

Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick
Rochester Local Foods Advocate

Hear the local food system story of Rochester as Kelly shares more about the collaboration, growing, and support that is changing their community.

Lessons learned in Little Falls Community Schools
Stephen Jones, Superintendent 

Stephen will outline the ingredients of success for their Garden-to-Cafeteria program, and delve deeper into funding. 

The Good Acre in the Kitchen         
Lachelle Cunningham
The Good Acre Culinary Education Coordinator and
Owner of Chelle’s Kitchen

Watch, taste and learn as Keynote Speaker Lachelle Cunningham takes to the kitchen and discusses making the best of Minnesota seasonal produce. 

Connecting food systems, environment and health in Consumer Sciences
Jenny Breen
Independent Cooking, Nutrition and Food Justice Consultant

The Good Acre has been working with Family and Consumer Science teachers to use food as a tool to connect students with food systems, the environment and their health. 

High production site design and production planning
Courtney Tchida

This class with Courtney will cover the steps to get from your site assessment to your garden design and how to create a production schedule for your site, from crop rotations and companions to succession planting.

In the Kitchen with Minneapolis Public Schools 
Bertrand Weber, Director, Culinary and Wellness Services at Minneapolis Public Schools

Watch, taste and learn as last year’s Garden-To-Plate Keynote Speaker Bertrand Weber takes to the kitchen with his groundbreaking team.

The Farm at the Arb Sustainable Horticulture Program
Tim Wilson, Farm Education Manager

Tim will present the new Sustainable Horticulture Program- inspired by his work with Windy Harvest at the Chicago Botanic Garden and designed for adults to learn market gardening skills in our region. 

Growing vegetables in a changing climate 
Natalie Hoidal
University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Increased rainfall and unpredictable shifts in our weather add an additional challenge to growing- learn how to raise healthy plants that are resistant to stressors, and consider ways to manage your site in the face of a changing climate. 

In the Kitchen with the Arboretum
Ann Bercher, Arboretum Culinary Education Specialist

Minnesota food expert Ann Bercher shares ways to connect the stories of agriculture to the food we eat.


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Friday, March 6, 2020


Call 612-301-1210

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.


Holiday Inn Chanhassen  Holiday Inn & Suites,   Chanhassen-
  Schoolyard Gardens Conference rate:  $134.00 plus tax 

As a partner of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Holiday in Express & Suites offers Arboretum visitors hotel discounts. The hotel is just a few minutes east of the Arboretum in downtown Chanhassen. 

Certificates of attendance will be available