Garden Classrooms

Rooftop Roots

Rooftop Roots, a 2,000 square foot farm, is perched five stories atop the University District Food Bank which works to build a hunger free NE Seattle by providing them with reliable access to healthy food and life-changing resources. Rooftop Roots engages community members, customers and youth interns with intensive food production experience, food systems and nutrition education as well as a chance to bring home and enjoy fresh produce grown themselves.

Lord Roberts Elementary School

The Edible Education program provides hands-on learning opportunities to over 500 students each week to explore gardening, cooking, healthy eating and sustainable food systems. The LunchLAB program is being launched to engage Grade 5-7 student leaders in the preparation of lunches to build food literacy and provide access to delicious, healthy and sustainable food.

Bacich Gardening Club

The objective of the Bacich Garden Club is to provide gardening education and offer hands-on activities that connect students in grades 1-4 with nature within the Native Garden space at Bacich Elementary. In addition to planting herbs and vegetables from seeds and starts in garden beds, we have taught students how to test for CO2 in soil with a soil respiration kit, started worm bins, created butterfly and bird feeders and will plant a pollinator garden, harvest produce and make salads with the students.

MariLark Farms

MariLark Farms is about building community, about seed saving and about walking the walk and yes, talking the talk in a world that desperately needs it. We all have the responsibility or the ability to respond to actions that require us to respond. We can show the world how to build community by building resilient communities that bring us together to share what is important in our world. Breaking bread and our soils together helps foster good will and good eats too.

LiveWell Kids Garden Education Program

LIveWell Kids was launched by Beach Cities Health District in response to a high childhood obesity rate in the district that it serves. Beach Cities Health District is a public agency that creates healthy services and programming for the residents of its district. The District's Garden Education Coordinator (me) trains volunteer garden docents to annually teach students 5 lessons that align with the Common Core State Standards in 9 schools. 

The mission of the LiveWell Kids program is (from our handbook):

Acta Non Verba

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner-city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA.

Poe Center for Health Education - GrowWELL Garden

The Poe Center for Health Education is a private not-for-profit organization that educates North Carolina’s children, youth, and their families about health topics and the importance of leading healthy lifestyles. Our mission is to educate and empower North Carolina’s children, youth, and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors.

SunRidge Charter School Farm Program

The mission of the garden program at SunRidge Charter is to foster a living connection and relationship with the land upon which the school resides. Our lease on our land may be temporary but the work we do to restore the land will benefit many generations to come. 

As the Greek proverb states, a society grows great when we plant trees in whose shade we may never sit.

Mindful Farming and Sustainable Food Advocates for Urban Foodsheds to Confront Preventable Diet-Related Diseases

Sustainable Food Advocates promotes nutrition education to strengthen the innate healing instinct of the body through healthy eating, adherence and literacy strategies that reduce preventable diet-related diseases and promote nourishing potentials that improve access to nutrient dense vitamins, minerals and the medicinal qualities of carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols found in healthy vegetables, fruits, herbs, and nuts.  Through personalized counseling, workshops and conferences, member-households receive guidance in labeling information and nutrition facts, cooking tips and health b


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