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Workshop connects teaching to school gardens

CARBONDALE — A special workshop at Roaring Fork High School this week aims to connect classroom teachers in any subject to the many gardens cropping up on school grounds throughout the valley.

“Connecting School Gardens to Curriculum for Teachers” is free and open to any teacher in the area. The workshop, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at RFHS, is being co-sponsored by the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council and Fat City Farmers.

Many schools from Aspen to Parachute, including RFHS, have established learning-based gardens and greenhouses in recent years.

“The goal of the workshop is for teachers to learn from producers, and to come away with skills to engage students in different subjects though planting, harvesting, food preparation and eating,” said Illene Pevec of the Farm to Schools Task Force.

Participants will be presented with five garden-based activities that can be incorporated into lesson plans, and which are tied to Colorado state standards in reading, writing, math, science and social studies, Pevec said.

Any Roaring Fork School District Re-1 teachers who take part have been approved for two hours of professional development by Re-1 Superintendent Diana Sirko.

The teacher workshop will be followed by a full day of sessions on Friday, May 10, aimed at connecting producers, market owners, educators, school administrators and school food service personnel.

The opening session, from 8-9:30 a.m. Friday in the Calaway Room at the Third Street Center, will convene school principals and local gardening experts to talk about “how connecting more deeply to the land as source of food and well-being is providing exciting outcomes for students, communities and the ecologies in which they exist,” according to a workshop description.

Representatives from other Colorado school districts will also be on hand to discuss how they’ve incorporated Farm to Schools in their schools.

Additional sessions will take place throughout the day at the Colorado Mountain College Lappala Center in Carbondale, focusing on marketing for producers, restaurants and businesses that are interested in the local food movement.

All sessions are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. For more information about the workshops, and to register, visit http://coftstfroaringfork.eventbrite.com

jstroud@postindependent.com


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