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School Garden Symposium – A Big Success!

Supporting school gardens programs is central to our Slow Food mission of educating the next generation of eaters, leaders, and stewards of the earth! The 2nd annual School Gardens Symposium brought together nearly 300 educators, parents, and school gardens supporters from throughout California Feb. 27- 28 at Luther Burbank High School in South Sacramento. Host Soil Born Farms’ Garden in Every School Initiative pulled together regional stakeholders to offer a wide array of workshops and hands on sessions ranging from Vermi-composting & Aquaculture to Resilient Schools & Garden Bugs.

Slow Food USA’s National School Gardens Director Andy Nowak attended along with Mary Ann Bash of Denver Public Schools, English Learner Instructor and symposium presenter. Slow Food board members Chef Brenda Ruiz presented on Developing Taste Literacy and Chanowk Yisrael on Recycling, Repurposing, & Organics. Together with support from national programming sponsor, Chipotle, and SFUSA, we were able to provide a new symposium track for English as Second Language instructors as well as gift cards and flash drives loaded with hundreds of pages of garden education resources.

Supporting school garden programs is central to our Slow Food mission of educating the next generation of eaters, leaders, and stewards of the earth.

“I feel like I have been nurturing the students so much but I finally got supported, well fed, taught and rebooted with encouragement and knowledge,” said one attendee expressing her appreciation for the weekend on how to teach around school gardens.

A special thank you to our newest Slow Food Sacramento member and volunteer Kelsey Maher who volunteered more than 15 hours over both days to help deliver our English Learner programming.

To get involved or inquire about our upcoming expansion of school gardens support contact brenda@slowfoodsacramento.com.

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