Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Room: San Jose Room/Doubletree Hotel

Best Practices for Garden and Kitchen Classroom Learning

  • Carrie Strohl, Magnet Lead Teacher, Pueblo Vista Magnet School

  • Hana Lee, Program Coordinator, The Edible Schoolyard Project

  • Meg Hiesinger,Director of Community Engagement and Education, The Ecology Center

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Esparaza, FoodCorps Service Member, North Coast, CAFF

This interactive workshop shares best practices and practical ideas from facilitators' experience establishing and running garden and kitchen classrooms. Staff from the Grow Your Own! initiative at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano will offer insight into designing, delivering, and refining outdoor lessons that support critical thinking and hands-on learning. Staff from Napa Valley Unified School District's first certified teaching kitchen will share recipes for garden-to-kitchen success based on lessons learned from our first year opening and running a certified teaching kitchen at a K-5 site, certifying a Food Production Manager and Food Handlers, organizing curriculum for in- and after-school instruction, serving food at school events and partnering to sustain success. Staff from the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley will discuss how the program's kitchen and garden teams collaborate around a shared approach to encouraging student buy-in and fostering an inclusive classroom culture. The session will offer strategies that are applicable across sites. Participants will engage with and learn from one another while also reflecting on their own program development.