Embedding sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon

Strategy

Our “A Garden for Every School” vision requires a multi-faceted approach that provides several types of support for teachers, schools and gardens. Our strategy includes:

Building a Network of Trained Educators

Successful school gardens require well-informed educators that can learn from and support each other’s successes and challenges. That’s why we launched the Central Oregon Garden Educators Network last fall! We will expand and sustain our Network to provide regular training; networking events for peer-to-peer learning, problem-solving, and resource sharing; and garden tours.

Supporting School Garden Creation and Operations with Small Grants

Building and sustaining successful school gardens requires cash and lots of sweat equity. We will create a Central Oregon School Garden Grant Fund that will award up to five $500 – $1,500 grants each year.

Supporting School Gardens with Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is also important to success: an individual with expertise and time to support and guide garden construction and operations. We are happy to announce that we’ve hired a Food Corps service member to provide technical assistance to new and existing gardens.

Identifying Institutional Opportunities

A supportive context is essential to school garden success. We will work with district stakeholders – school administrators, operations staff, teachers and parents – to collaboratively develop and implement best practices for creating & sustaining school gardens.

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