The Flagstaff Foodlink Youth Garden Project, in coordination with graduate students at the Program in Sustainable Communities at NAU, is happy to facilitate this blog for all teachers, parents, community volunteers, and students involved in youth gardening to exchange ideas, post pictures, trouble shoot or just brag about your gardens. Foodlink is providing a K-12 State standard aligned curriculum (see curriculum tab) to anyone interested, and is conducting teachers trainings on it. The idea for this blog emerged from the first training session held at Ponderosa High School on April 10. We hope you will benefit from this exchange and will let Foodlink know if we can help in any other way. Below are some information on our resources: Continue reading

Garden Curriculum Teacher Training Workshop

Please join Flagstaff Foodlink for our third Garden Curriculum Teacher Training Workshop. This workshop is being offered through Flagstaff Foodlink and Flagstaff Unified School District for professional development credit, and is available with limited space for non-FUSD teachers and informal educators on a first-come-first-serve basis. This workshop isfree to full-time K-12 teachers and is only $18 for other educators. 

During this workshop participants will learn about how to grow food at 7,000 feet elevation, how to engage with the curriculum from our regionally adapted and standards-aligned K-12 curriculum, and how to start a garden at your school and ensure its long-term success. Teachers will also be provided with opportunities for networking as well as enjoy snacks from food that has been grown locally, and receive a free copy of Flagstaff Foodlink’s K-12 curriculum. Julie Lancaster’s Flagstaff Planting Guides will also be available for purchase as will additional copies of Foodlink’s curriculum. 

Please join us for this wonderful day of learning and fun!

April 14th, 9am-4pm with a break for lunch from 12-1 @ Ponderosa High School

To Register:
-FUSD teachers, please register by calling Gretchen Markiewicz at 527-6142 or email gmarkiewicz@fusd1.org.
-Other educators please register by calling Sue Norris at 520-491-0132 or email Sue@tonynorris.com

Learning, Building and Growing

The graduate and first year students with the NAU Sustainable Communities Program’s School Gardens Action Research Team have been hard at work along with the students, faculty and parents of Flagstaff Junior Academy, Kinsey Elementary and Ponderosa High School.  Gardens have been built, winterizing has taken place, some curriculum has been implemented and a lot of learning and growing is happening.  This was an extremely rewarding experience for everyone involved.  Here’s what some of our NAU first year students had to say:   Continue reading