WATERLOO, Iowa — Local schools ready to start or expand a school garden will benefit from a series of five weekly classes offered by ISU Extension and Outreach. School Garden 101 provides teachers with horticultural skills and shows how to connect gardening principles to school activities and courses. It will teach and develop the design skills needed to create a garden plan.
School Garden 101 is intended for school teams of three to five people. The cost is $60 per school team, not per individual, which provides all supplies and a resource binder filled with educational materials for the classroom.
Participants will also learn how to build a compost bin, test soils, plant seeds and transfer seedlings and incorporate garden produce into classrooms and cafeterias. The workshop series will be offered this March and April in Waterloo.
School Garden 101 will be hosted by Emily Samuelson, Associate Extension Educator & Master Gardener, FoodCorps service members & Master Gardener interns, and Sheila Sartorius ISU Extension Horticulture Assistant & Master Gardener.
School Garden 101 Training
Dates: Tuesdays, March 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 18th and 24th
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: George Washington Carver Middle School (located at 1505 Logan Ave., Waterloo, IA)
Cost: $60 per school team
-Payment requested by check, which should be made out to “Black Hawk County Extension & Outreach”
-Checks should be mailed before March 23rd to: Black Hawk County Extension & Outreach, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, and Waterloo, IA 50701
Registration: Registration for SG101 will be open until March 1st. Each team member will need to fill out the following survey form to be fully registered for School Garden 101: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rCL0ECSanoOUxT Schools may contact Emily, firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-234-6811, with questions pertaining to the program, program cost, or registration.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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