Date: Tuesday, March 28

Time: 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Room: San Joaquin

The Living Classroom: From Kale to Common Core


  • Patti Berryhill, Garden Manager, Living Classroom

  • Vicki Moore, Education Director, Living Classroom

  • Moderator: Diana Abellera, Consultant, CAFF

During this workshop, attendees will learn about two different approaches to school garden-based education. The Garden of Eatin' Program of North Bay Children's Center, uses school gardens to connect learning and shape a school-wide culture of health and wellness. They will present a framework of strategic garden, health programs, policies and partnerships that inspire healthy attitudes and habits for children, families and staff. A UCSF research study on the Garden of Eatin' program will be presented. Similarly, Living Classroom incorporates strongly curricular-aligned garden-based lessons across 3 school districts in grades K-8. The interdisciplinary lessons aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core while including strong nutrition elements. Their Farm to Lunch program involves students growing and harvesting school-grown produce, prepared by a school district central kitchen staff and served in a rotating series of student taste testings.

Attendees will learn about the essential components of a successful and sustainable garden-based education program, strategies to obtain program resources including funding, effective ways to gain classroom teacher buy-in and support and the important connection between garden-based education and the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy soon to be impacting all California Public Schools. Participants will identify important community partners and potential collaborations for funding, resources and procurement.