Gardening tips and more at this year's Starting and Sustaining a School Garden conference

Come to Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference to get your garden off to a great start and keep it on track.

The guilty pleasure of those warm temperatures last week spurred me and a whole lot of other folks to think about getting an early start on our gardens. I know you want to start digging in the soil and planting seeds (so do I) but resist the urge! Odds are we will have another spurt of cold weather before it warms up for good, and most soils are too wet for working and planting.

The best way to get the 2017 garden party started is to be well prepared – and the best way to get prepared and pumped up for the school garden by is to attend the Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference on April 13, 2017. We have a great day planned for all of you school gardeners and you can register at:

The Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference will be at a new location this year:

Bloomfield Hills School Bowers Farm
1219 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

The Bloomfield Hills School Bowers Farm is a wonderful facility with a greenhouse, lots of gardens and animals and excellent educational features. Best of all, there are a lot of great educators scheduled to speak on topics that will help you and your students make 2017 the best school garden year ever!

Dr. Norm Lownds, director of the 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University, will be back to present update workshops on “How to Connect Your Students to the Garden” and the latest and greatest developments on how to participate in the “MSU Collaborating Classrooms” program. There will also be hands-on sessions about “Seasonal Gardening Instead of Summer Maintenance”, “All About Pollinators”, “Working with Diverse Students” and much more – check out all the break-out sessions for the flyer and agenda                                     

There will also be opportunities to ask questions and to network with the workshop educators and other teachers and school garden staff and volunteers. Feel free to download this flyer and agenda to share with any other interested school garden people such as, parents, administrators and fellow educators.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available and you can contact Kristine Hahn at 248-802-4590 or for a scholarship application, any questions about Starting and Sustaining a School Garden Conference, or to schedule your own school garden site visit or a professional development session at your school. Hope you can join us for lots of fun and learning on April 13, 2017 at Bowers School Farm!

This article was published by Michigan State University Extension and the staff in the Community Food Systems Workgroup who support Farm to School activities including school gardens. 

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