School Gardens Are Blossoming
Calling all Teachers, Aides and Parent Volunteers! Do you want to learn more about starting or enhancing a school garden? Then don’t miss Explore Ecology’s School Gardening and Composting Workshop on Wednesday, February 6 from 3:45-6:00pm at the Goleta Family School on the Foothill Elementary Campus. Taught by Explore Ecology Education Director Tahara Ezrahti the workshop is suitable for new and experienced gardeners. Topics to be covered include non-toxic organic gardening methods, how to design a school garden as an outdoor classroom, gardens and common core curriculum, nutrition education, composting and much, much more. The workshop also includes tours of two school gardens.
School gardens benefit kids in many ways. With nearly 4,000 school gardens blossoming in California alone, research shows that children who grow their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, have a greater understanding of ecology and receive higher test scores in science. Students involved in a one year gardening program showed a significant increase in self-understanding and the ability to work in groups. (Robinson & Zajicek, 2005).
Participants in Explore Ecology’s School Garden Workshop will receive a Garden Detectives curriculum, organic plant starts and handouts. The workshop costs only $5.00 at the door. Worms and worm composting kits will be for sale at the event. Pre-registration is required. Please indicate if you want to purchase worms or worm composting kits when you register. For more information contact Tahara Ezrahti at (805) 884-0459 x 12 or email Tahara@ExploreEcology.org.