SGA is committed to helping schools teach the wonder and excitement of good nutrition, gardening skills and zero waste.
Nutrition & Gardening Teacher Training
If your school is interested in receiving training in how to use school gardens in the classroom, Fresh From the Farm is here to help. We can plan a training session around the needs of your teachers, or a group of teachers can attend one of our larger training sessions.
Our trainings are interactive and give teachers hands-on tools for how to work with students in the garden. These trainings can include informational talks from educators, nutritionists and gardeners, supplemented by hands on activities. We work with 2006 Golden Apple Award winning teacher Sandy Noel, who emphasizes teaching "the whole child" through nutrition and garden education.
Larger trainings incorporate trips to different gardens and farm spaces. We often visit the inspirational school garden at Waters Elementary and learn about the many years it took the parents and teachers at Waters to grow their garden, along with the ways they use it to teach different subjects. Trainings can also include trips to Farm in a Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Green City Market in Lincoln Park.
We offer teacher training on four curriculum modules targeting elementary and middle school students.
Roots & Fruits (grade school) showcases a different fruit or vegetable each week, and incorporates healthy food tastings, hands-on nutrition activities, and learning about where and how food is grown locally.
Sow & Grow (grade school) explores the exciting world of school gardens, including planting, harvesting and soil.
Linking Plants & Foods (middle school) teachers children about healthy soil, gardening, and local food systems, and is a great curricular complement to hands-on school-based garden activities.
For more information on our Fresh from the Farm teacher trainings, please contact Lydia Mills.
Zero Waste Teacher Training
Don't Throw Me Away!: A Zero Waste Curriculum teachers children about the shift from discarding everything in landfills to recovering resources for long-term productive use. Students learn about recycling, eliminating waste sources, and food scrap composting. Curriculum training is supplemented by training on conducting experiential field trips to local farms, farmers markets, landfills, recycling facilities, and businesses that capture and reuse resources.
For more information on our Zero Waste teacher trainings, please contact Jen Nelson.