Santa Barbara Edible Education Syposium (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 11
Saturday, October 12

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

Santa Barbara , CA

Growing Edible Education in the Tri Counties

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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!

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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HARVEST DINNER and SBEES AWARDS PRESENTATION

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. Kim Johnson will be receiving the first SBEES Award for her dedication and work in promoting edible education.

Kim and her husband Jack are the founders  of the Johnson Ohana Foundation.                                               

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.

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Thank You to Our In-Kind Donors

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Thank You to Our Partners

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)

SBEES Scholarship Interest Form

We have a limited number of scholarships available for the Santa Barbara Edible Education Symposium. Please fill out this form if you are interested and wee will get back to you soon.

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