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"Gardening with Class" is a Learning Experience

By Jerry Louis, Master Gardener School Gardens chair


Educators, school garden coordinators and others interested in developing or enhancing school garden programs are invited to attend the 11th annual San Diego School and Nutrition Conference on April 24 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Del Mar Fairgrounds. It features workshops on a wide variety of topics designed to reflect educational teaching standards and to link school gardens to academic achievement, personal growth, healthy nutrition, environmental stewardship and community and social development.

Teachers also may elect to tour a local school garden as one of their workshop options.  Other course sections include such topics as Vermicomposting, Connecting Children to Nature, Farm to School – Ag in the Classroom, From Garden to Table – introducing cooking in the schools, Childhood Obesity and School Wellness and Creating & Preserving Wildlife Gardens.

The Conference will also include a number of roundtable discussion groups exploring such subjects as School Garden Lessons Learned, Nutrition in the Classroom, Connecting the Crops, and Science Attack Garden Lessons. Opportunities for networking and “Make It & Take It” garden activities will be provided. 

Since class size is limited, attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to guarantee course selections.

For a registration fee of $50, attendees will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, unique garden gifts, educational resources, complimentary parking pass and an opportunity to participate in a drawing.

Visit www.mastergardenerssandiego.org  and click on School Program for more detailed information.