A typical garden class with 6th graders at the Edible Schoolyard is 86 minutes (1 hour and 26 minutes) and is divided into three main parts: Opening Circle, In the Field (work time), and Closing Circle.
The following is a list of considerations and strategies that have been effective for us in engaging our community. This is not comprehensive or exhaustive, but we hope it offers you some ideas for ways to engage your own communities.
The Edible Schoolyard uses Google Calendar for all scheduling and calendar needs. Below is our process and method for sharing important dates, volunteer schedules, and class times inter-organizationally as well as with our volunteers and external partners.
This resource provides the job descriptions for the staff at the Edible Schoolyard Project as of summer 2018. Also included below is our organizational chart and a grid showing the roles and responsibilities for staff members.
The attached resource shows how the Edible Schoolyard Project structures our staff meetings. Each department holds weekly meetings, and following this format helps meetings be inclusive, efficient, productive, and energizing for staff.
One of the most exciting aspects of designing a structure or open space is thinking about
the user experience, in this case our students. We believe there is an interplay between
what you build and why you build it and how the students will interact with it.
This resource lists basic tools for an outdoor kitchen and poses some questions to consider when building your tool kit. Also included are sample recipes that can be prepared using garden produce and a cooking kit.