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School and Community Gardens 101
Friday, February 20, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Student Union Ballroom | Rhode Island College | Providence, RI
The URI Outreach Center, in partnership with Rhode Island College, is pleased to offer the 2nd annual School and Community Garden 101!  This full-day program is designed for formal and informal educators, parents, novice and experienced gardeners and community leaders. Choose workshops from the Horticulture track to increase your garden's success, or the Education track if you're searching for innovative methods to engage youth in garden settings. Mix and match workshops from either track for a customized experience! 
Lessons in Urban Agriculture 
Margaret DeVos, Executive Director of Southside Community Land Trust  

Since 1981, Providence's own Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) has served as a nationally-recognized leader in urban agriculture. Today, as a result of SCLT's efforts, over 220 families grow food in over 16 community gardens throughout Providence. Beginning urban farmers hone their skills to support sustainable small-scale agriculture through SCLT's programs, and hundreds of youth learn to grow their own food each summer at City Farm. Glean lessons learned from Southside's 30+ years of experience serving as educators and advocates for school and community gardeners.
site assesmentSiting Your Garden 
Kate Venturini 
URI Outreach Center

Whether you're installing a new community garden or troubleshooting
issues in the school garden, this workshop will provide an invaluable tool for your toolkit.  Learn the steps to take to assess your site to ensure gardening success.
basket of veg
Gardener Panel: 
Maximizing Productivity in Small Spaces
URI Outreach Center and Southside Community Land Trust  
Experienced URI Master Gardeners and Providence urban gardeners will share their secrets for growing the most food in small spaces. Vertical gardening, containers and more will be discussed. How can you make the most of your community garden plot?
tomato 2Edible Gardening 
Rosanne Sherry URI Outreach 

Which vegetables grow best in Rhode Island and when should we plant them?  How can we get rid of insects without using chemicals, and what is the best method for fertilization?  This class will equip you with best cultural practices from RI Cooperative Extension's Consumer Horticulture Educator.
Beekeeping Basics
Rhode Island Beekeepers Association
Considering adding a hive to your school or community garden? Learn the basics of beekeeping from our local experts in this short course.

Amy Cabaniss, PhD 
URI Outreach Center

Learn how to set up an effective composting program at your school. Develop a valuable teaching tool while creating a soil amendment for the school garden! We'll highlight school, backyard composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms), along with how-tos and additional resources.
School Garden Curriculum Overview
Amy Cabaniss 
Vanessa Venturini
URI Outreach Center
There are so many ways to engage youth in gardens and greenspaces!  You can catch insects in the garden to learn about biodiversity or teach about food justice issues using fresh produce. We'll give an overview of locally adapted, standard-specific curricula and teaching resources for formal and informal educators. Curriculum is adaptable for K-12.

Building an Outdoor Classroom to Broaden STEM Participation
James Murphy
Carol Giuriceo, PhD
Rhode Island College
RIC's Sustainability Coordinator will discuss the process of creating authentic STEM experiences in outdoor spaces that serve the needs of different audiences. Carol Giuriceo, Director of the RI STEM Center, will lead a discussion about how connections with the everyday natural world can build awareness and interest in STEM.
School Garden Spotlight
Melissa Guillet
Waddington Elementary School, East Providence

Experienced educator and school gardener Melissa Guillet will divulge the secrets to a successful school garden from A to Z. Learn how to establish a garden, apply for grants and involve the community. Melissa will also discuss the innovative ways that she has used the garden to teach a variety of science and art concepts!
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Registration fee is $40.00 for your selection of five workshops. Breakfast is included in the cost of registration, lunch is available for purchase in the RIC Student Union Cafe.
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