Understanding Organic Webinar Series

The following mini-series of three webinars highlighted the Understanding Organic curriculum and provided practical tips for organic growing in school garden spaces. Check out the recordings below to learn how you can implement Understanding Organic with your students. 

An Introduction to Understanding Organic 

In this opening session, participants considered the multiple meanings of organic and learned about the Understanding Organic curriculum. This webinar featured Curriculum Specialist Raquel Vigil in conversation with gardening mentor, meditation instructor, and Edible Schoolyard Curriculum Advisor Wendy Johnson.

This webinar took place on October 21, 2021.

Organic Practices for School Gardens

The principles and practices of organic agriculture are invaluable for nurturing a healthy garden. This session explored organic approaches to soil fertility, planting, propagation, and pest management. The webinar included breakout discussions and opportunities for participants to share strategies for organic garden management. Guest speaker Matt Tsang of the Growing Leaders program shared examples on how to teach youth organic practices while highlighting the values that inform them.

This webinar took place on October 28th, 2021.

Taking Action on Organic

The Understanding Organic curriculum invites students to explore a multitude of issues connected to organic agriculture through instructional practices that center engagement and advocacy. Senior Program Manager, Nick Lee, highlighted learning strategies from the curriculum that support teachers to lead explorations of complex topics such as labor in the food system, climate impacts of agriculture, and access to organic. This participatory webinar included breakout discussions and opportunities for participants to share their approaches to teaching issue-based curricula.

This webinar took place on November 4th, 2021.