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Mastering Urban Agriculture:

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Planning, Maintaining, and Teaching from the School Garden

Mastering Urban Agriculture is a free, fun, and practical professional development series for primary and secondary educators and covers garden planning, gardening techniques, nutrition trends and the role of edible landscapes in our communities. Lessons draw on The Ranch, the Huntington’s urban agriculture research station. Classes include lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, gardening practice and demonstrations, and free materials. Beginning and advanced gardeners welcome. Participants can choose to take all of the classes or select the ones that best fit their needs. Teams of educators are encouraged to attend together.

 

How to Register

To be considered for participation in any of the classes, a one-time application must be completed. Applicants must be employed by a school serving students in the K-12 range. Once accepted, participants may register for individual classes via email. All classes take place at The Huntington once a month on Saturdays from August through May. Classes are held 9 a.m. - noon. Classes and parking is free. 

 

Classes

 

March 10, 2018

Garden Ecosystems

The garden serves as a model ecosystem and a fantastic tool for teaching abstract concepts such as systems and interdependence. In a garden, students observe how different parts of the system interact with, and affect one another. In this class teachers learn about multidisciplinary curricula that encourage close observation of the natural world, and the thoughtful use of water, energy, and recycled and composted materials. This class also includes ideas for creating a habitat garden that invites birds and butterflies and engages students.

 

April 14, 2018

Seed Saving

Seed saving is a perfect way to end the school year. Winter and spring crops should be going to seed so gathering them up gives everyone something to look forward to: planting home-grown seeds in the fall! Saving seeds is also a great way to save money on garden expenses. Seed saving is a time-honored practice and means of preserving both genetic and cultural diversity. Participants will learn about plant genetics and some simple methods for cleaning and storing seeds for future planting. We’ll discuss the easiest plants to save seeds from and how to use this in the classroom. Math, science, social studies and language arts are all tied in to this sustainable practice.

 

May 12, 2018

Food Systems and Diversity

Where does our food come from? In this class we’ll trace the geographic origins of various food plants, learning not only where our food comes from but how it relates to culture and food traditions. We’ll discuss using gardens and food as tools to celebrate different cultures. Then the class will take on the challenge of more processed foods by reading nutrition and ingredient labels to investigate what may lurk within and how those ingredients got there. This class provides many connections to social studies curriculum through food, fun and multiculturalism with a small dose of nutrition education.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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