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Calling all Educators & School Garden Practitioners! Join City Green for the School Garden Symposium

Educators, administrators, and school garden practitioners are invited to join us at the Farm Eco-Center on Saturday, May 6th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm for City Green’s School Garden Symposium! You’ll learn best practices on how to build and sustain successful school gardens, delivered by City Green’s talented School Grounds team and local expert teachers and administrators.


City Green’s School Garden Symposium will guide you through 4 hands-on workshops discussing different ways to engage with your school garden, in addition to group discussions led by fellow educators and administrators. Workshops include:


  • A Garden for the School Community: Learn how to make your school garden more accessible for your school’s community. Discuss garden barriers and brainstorm ways to engage the school community in the garden. Led by Paterson teacher Patrick Cecala.

  • A Garden as a Classroom: Learn how to use your garden as a tool to support student learning. Discuss different lessons, activities, and ways to use your school garden as a part of your curriculum. Led by City Green Board Member Cornelia Geraghty.

  • Cooking & Tasting in the Garden: Learn how to safely prepare food grown in your school garden using food safe practices and participate in a garden salad cooking demonstration. Led by City Green’s School Grounds Manager Emma Latham and Program Associate Miranda Madrazo.

  • Group Discussion: Join educators from similar teaching environments to discuss the successes and challenges of your school garden.

  • Sustaining & assessing Your Garden: Learn the characteristics of successful school gardens. Assess your school garden, identify your goals, and plan the next steps to achieve them. Led by Paterson Science Teacher Coordinate Maureen Bruins.


All School Garden Symposium attendees will receive a resource packet, three raffle entry tickets, coffee, breakfast and lunch. Schools that participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program for meal reimbursements (CACFP), are eligible for additional funds for their garden by attending the symposium! Details on registering for this funding will be available during the event.


Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. If you have any question, please contact City Green’s School Grounds Manager Emma Latham at elatham@city-green.org


City Green is a 501(c)3 urban farming and gardening organization based in Clifton, New Jersey working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical, and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food, and ecologically sustainable communities. For more information contact Jasmine Moreano, Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy, or visit www.citygreenonline.org.

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