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Growing Awareness: Southwest Youth Gardening Conference

  • Subject: [cg] Growing Awareness: Southwest Youth Gardening Conference
  • From: Emma Figueira <emmaf@ag.arizona.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 12:54:16 -0700

GROWING AWARENESS:
5th ANNUAL SOUTHWEST YOUTH GARDENING CONFERENCE
February 22 - 23, 2002
Metro Tech High School
1900 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona

“Growing gardens with children is a living testament to how to restore our ancient ties to the natural rhythms of the earth itself.”
 Joseph Kiefer & Martin Kemple Digging Deeper, 1998


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Whether you are just beginning or looking to enhance or sustain a youth gardening project, this conference provides a dynamic combination of learning, resources and networking.  Growing Awareness is designed for:
  • Educators and Administrators
  • Youth Development Specialists
  • Youth and Community Leaders
  • Home-Schoolers and Parents
  • Agencies and Organizations that Support Youth Gardening
  • Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners
WHY SHOULD I GO?
This year we are harnessing the incredible energy generated by previous Growing Awareness conferences to focus our attention on Youth Gardening in the multitude of environments in which it occurs: schools, youth development programs, community centers, senior centers, etc. This conference is hosted at a school practicing gardening as a tool for teaching! This unique environment offers a one of a kind educational experience. From a line up of national and regional experts, to the hands-on training and built in networking activities, this conference will give you the tools and information to make your youth garden a success.
  • Meet leading experts in youth gardening.
  • Learn how to assess, design and build sustainable and effective programs.
  • Learn valuable techniques for linking gardening to standards based curriculum.
  • Participate in fun hands-on workshops.
  • Be inspired by tours to diverse youth gardening programs.
  • Take home a wheelbarrow full of resources.
  • Certificates of Completion for continuing education credit will be issued for conference attendance.
REGISTRATION and ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION
Visit Our Website: http://ag.arizona.edu/youthgardens/growingawareness/


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 22ND
8:00 - 8:45 AM
WELCOME RECEPTION AND GETTING TO KNOW YOU SLIDE PRESENTATION
9:00-9:45 AM
HANDS IN THE GARDEN WORKSHOPS
Each workshop will present standards based activities as well useful tips and information for starting, expanding
and enhancing your gardening program.
Workshop A: Put Your Worms to Work: Building Your Soil
Workshop B: Garden Assessment and Design
Workshop C: Greenhouse Green Thumbs and Plant Propagation
Workshop D: Theme Gardens
Workshop E: Garden Challenges and Tips: What to do if…
Workshop F: Plants that Have Been Around: Native Edibles for the Garden
9:50 - 10:35 AM
HANDS IN THE GARDEN WORKSHOPS (repeat)
10:40- 11:25 AM
HANDS IN THE GARDEN WORKSHOPS (repeat)
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
EXHIBITORS
A variety of vendors and information booths will be available for you to explore at your leisure. Take home valuable information and materials to enhance your gardening efforts.
12:30 - 1:30 PM
LUNCH
1:30 - 5:00 PM
GENERAL SESSION: THE YOUTH GARDEN PROGRAM TOOLKIT
Presented by Joseph Kiefer This powerful session will give you the tools you need to develop and sustain a thoughtful and effective youth gardening program. Renowned youth gardening leader Joseph Kiefer helps us put the pieces together. Topics covered in this session will include: planning an integrated standards-based gardening unit, developing a comprehensive assessment plan-including continuous assessment and portfolio development, creating a culminating celebration, school-community partnerships, and student presentations/displays/exhibits  showcasing their work at meeting specific standards.

SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 23RD
8:00 AM to 9:45 AM
CURRICULUM WORKSHOPS
These workshops will introduce you to powerful tools for incorporating gardening and agriculture, environmental and food security education into your curriculum. Each curriculum offers standards based activities and lesson-plans to enhance your program.
Workshop A: Project Wet & Focus WILD: Arizona
Workshop B: Food, Land and People & Project Learning Tree
Workshop C: Junior Master Gardener Program
Workshop D: Food System Curriculum
10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
CURRICULUM WORKSHOPS (repeat)
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
LUNCH & GROWING AWARENESS AWARDS RECEPTION
Each year Growing Awareness acknowledges and awards the outstanding accomplishments of youth gardening programs from throughout the Southwest. See enclosed nomination brochure for more information.
1:30 - 4:30 PM
YOUTH GARDEN PROGRAM TOURS
Conference attendees will be treated to a variety of urban gardening programs that serve youth through innovative programs and collaborative efforts. We will visit schools, community centers and neighborhood organizations and at each stop we will receive in-depth information on these inspiring programs.
4:30 - 6:00 PM
EVENING RECEPTION
Local bounty transformed into mouth-watering succulence. Sound good? Join us for an evening of garden fresh food and live entertainment at Metro Tech High School.
6:00 - 8:00 PM
ART IN THE GARDEN EVENING WORKSHOPS
These workshops will bring out the artist in you! Renowned southwestern artists will lead a variety of workshops on creative expressions for the garden.  Workshops will include: Tile Mosaics, Botanical Painting, Metalwork and Welding, Paper Making and more.


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!  HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD! 

Emma Figueira
Youth and Community Gardening Program Coordinator
University of Arizona
Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
4341 E Broadway
Phoenix AZ  85040
P: 602-470-8086 X823
F: (602) 470-8092
Email: emmaf@ag.arizona.edu
Web: http//:ag.arizona.edu/youthgardens



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