Santa Barbara Edible Education Symposium (SBEES)

Join us for the Santa Barbara Edible Education Symposium (SBEES) on October 11th and 12th, 2019.

SBEES showcases and celebrates the work of educators, farmers, school food service providers, and youth leaders across the Central Coast. 

Friday, October 1, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday Harvest Dinner
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Santa Barbara , CA

Growing Edible Education in the Tri Counties


Join us for the Santa Barbara Edible Education Symposium (SBEES) on October 11th and 12th, 2019. SBEES showcases and celebrates the work of educators, farmers, school food service providers, and youth leaders across the Central Coast.

In this dynamic two day conference, participants will learn from one another, exchange ideas and best practices, and strengthen partnerships and networks. SBEES brings together youth, educators, and agricultural community leaders to celebrate and showcase best practices in edible education throughout the Central Coast of California and beyond. Through diverse presentations, hands-on workshops, and school garden and farm tours, participants will explore how edible education efforts are transforming the way people of all ages connect to their food and the environment.

You can join us in building a movement that connects classrooms to school cafeterias, farms, and gardens by signing up for one or all of the SBEES events!

Educator Scholarships and CEU’s are available through Antioch University.

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Continuing Education Units (CEU’s): Click Here. 

Tours of Gardens and a Local Farm on Friday, October 11, 1:00 pm. Hop on the free shuttles and visit four beautiful gardens and a farm on our group tour starting at 1:15 pm. Snacks included.

SBEES Symposium on Saturday, October 12, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at La Cumbre Junior High School. Join us for workshops, a panel discussion, and more! Workshop sessions will focus on farm-to-school related topics, as well as a spectrum of edible education programs and practices, including school garden education, nutrition, school food service practices, and sustainable agriculture. The Symposium is targeted for teachers, farmers, garden educators, food service leaders, and others interested in cultivating the food literacy movement along the Central Coast and throughout the state.

Harvest Dinner on Saturday Evening from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at La Cumbre Junior High Garden featuring the First Annual Edible Education Leadership Award Presentation. Enjoy a Farm to Table buffet style dinner. Feast on freshly created wood fired pizza and organic salad with greens from Explore Ecology School Gardens. This year’s SBEES Award honors Kim Johnson of the Johnson Ohana Foundation for her years of dedication to edible education.

Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird Special until September 16th. Symposium includes Catered Lunch, Harvest Dinner, and Award Presentation: $140 Early Bird and $150 after September 16th.

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Join us to honor Kim Johnson at the SBEES Harvest Dinner on Saturday, October 12, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at La Cumbre Junior High School’s Garden. Enjoy a Farm to Table buffet style dinner and feast on organic wood fired pizza and salad with greens grown by little green thumbs in Explore Ecology School Gardens. Kim Johnson will be receiving the first SBEES Award for her dedication and work in promoting edible education.

A teacher who stumbled into music management, Kim Johnson utilizes her education theory to create community engagement programs for music tours and festivals as well as environmental foundations and schools. In 2003 Kim, together with her musician husband Jack Johnson founded the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation to support environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaiʻi. Kim developed and continues to oversee all five of the Foundations’ main programs including ʻĀINA in Schools, a farm to school initiative connecting children to their land and food by promoting healthy school lunches featuring locally grown produce and providing nutrition education and garden-based learning.

In 2008, Kim and Jack founded the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art, and music education, supporting over 400 non-profits around the world. The Johnson Ohana Foundation is a strong supporter of farm to school efforts and has supported Explore Ecology’s watershed and school garden programs for over a decade. Through her leadership with both foundations, Kim has built an Impact Investment strategy to align investments with social and environmental impact, and to leverage influence as an investor to promote corporate sustainability. As Jack’s manager, Kim serves as creative lead in advancing green touring initiatives, and in the development of fan engagement campaigns through their All At Once social action network. Kim helped spearhead the Sustainable Concerts Working Group and recently led the global launch of the BYOBottle Campaign to promote reusable water bottles and reduce plastic waste at music events.

Throughout all of these efforts, Kim & Jack strive to raise awareness in support of sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives.

If you are interested in attending this portion of the event only please email Lindsay Johnson at Lindsay(@)

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The Symposium, on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at La Cumbre Junior High School, includes 75 and 30 minute workshops, a panel discussion with Nourish SB, and a complimentary lunch and dinner.

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The Santa Barbara Edible Education Symposium’s (SBEES) roots began to take in 2015. Local edible education leaders knew that there were amazing opportunities to connect our community to their food, however these opportunities were somewhat disconnected, as there was no platform for collaboration.

To fill this void, the Growing Edible Education Symposium (GEES) was born.

The purpose and scope of the GEE Symposium was to highlight and share best practices from exemplary educational programs in early childhood through college level garden and food education. The focus of the two-day event was on nutrition education in school gardens, food service programs, and garden/farm education curriculum from local tri-county leaders in the field. Site visits and tours were offered that targeted specific age groups from early care and education through college level.  Break-out sessions focused on farm to school related topics as well as a spectrum of edible education programs and practices. The GEES was held in Santa Barbara County in 2015 and Ventura County in 2016.

In 2018 Explore Ecology, who had been an active participant in GEES, was contacted by GEES Leadership to become the lead organization for an edible education symposium in Santa Barbara and SBEES was born! The connections and financial support generated by the GEES in 2015 and 2016 has provided critical assistance and momentum as the symposium begins its new incarnation.

We hope to see you all at SBEES!

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for both days of the Symposium. CEU Units are awarded for participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. CEU’s are non-credit educational experiences. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is ten (10) contact hours of study.

Download your forms and bring them with you to the Tours and Symposium.

Continuing Education Units SBEES Farms (PDF)

Continuing Education Units SBEES (PDF)

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