School and Community Gardens 10
Monday, April 21, 2014 ~ 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Corless Auditorium | URI Bay Campus | Narragansett, RI

School and community gardens are becoming increasingly popular in Rhode Island, and to support this exciting (and crucial) development, the URI Outreach Center is offering a new workshop, School & Community Gardens 101!
This full day of workshops is designed to help folks start, manage and maintain a variety of gardens in school and community settings. Targeted for formal and informal educators, parents, community leaders, and novice and experienced gardeners interested in helping kids and communities grow, the program will share the knowledge and expertise of Cooperative Extension educators from URI and UConn in an engaging classroom setting.
Please share this announcement widely and reserve your spot today!
9:00AM - Creating an Edible Garden 
Sejal Lanterman | Compost and Food Safety Educator 
URI Cooperative Extension
Growing fresh produce connects us to where our food comes from, and teaches children and community members about healthy eating habits. Sejal will share simple steps towards building a successful, healthy, and above all, safe edible garden!
Monarch and milkweed
10:15AM - Bee, Butterfly & Bird Gardens 
Kate Venturini Regenerative Landscape Design Educator
Graham Gardner | Landscape Designer
URI Cooperative Extension
Not only are butterflies and hummingbirds fascinating and beautiful, they also provide important pollination services. Whether your intent is to add a pollinator patch, design an outdoor classroom, or just bring birds to the garden, we'll discuss design considerations crucial to supporting habitat for these divine creatures.
11:30AM - 
Garden Siting and Pest Acceptance
Rosanne Sherry | Consumer Horticulture Educator
URI Cooperative Extension
Site assessment and garden pests can be challenging, especially in school yards and community gardens. Rosanne will provide guidelines on how to assess a site for gardening, implement simple pest control, and utilize insect discoveries as learning experiences for students.
                       12:15PM - Lunch on Your Own
soil testing
1:00PM - Cooperative Extension Resources
Vanessa VenturiniMaster Gardener Program Coordinator
URI Cooperative Extension
Learn about the URI Free Seed Program, Gardening + Environmental Hotline, the URI Plant Protection Clinic, free soil testing and other Cooperative Extension resources available to help you grow.
Pallet garden
1:15PM - Demystifying Soil Safety 
Dawn Pettinelli | Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab
UConn Cooperative Extension
Cate Puccetti | Farm Fresh RI
It's important to be aware of safety concerns related to soil when involving youth and communities in garden care. We will discuss lead contamination causes and how to test for and interpret soil lead values, and give tips about addressing contamination to keep your garden safe   for everyone in and around it!
Registration: $25.00*
register now
*Lunch will not be served. You are encouraged to bring a bag lunch .