Youth Ownership in Garden Programs

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Sherman Garden

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Sep 13, 2020, 7:04:05 PM9/13/20
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How do you make space in a garden education programming for youth voice, decision making and ownership?

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Mindysue Swanson

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Sep 13, 2020, 8:09:45 PM9/13/20
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The overarching structure needs to be receptive. Otherwise it is meaningless and fake.



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Sam Ullery (OSSE)

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Sep 14, 2020, 4:25:30 PM9/14/20
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Christina, 
This is an excellent question, thanks for posting- I look forward to what others say, I know there are some great programs doing incredible work in this area across grades K-12. I'm including a few resources that I find useful- that may also get to what you are looking for: 

Mindysue Swanson

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Sep 14, 2020, 5:00:45 PM9/14/20
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here are the food project links:

also the oakland folks:

at the elementary level it becomes more challenging -- but I have used community building with my upper graders.

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Leann J Barber

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Nov 9, 2020, 2:40:54 PM11/9/20
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I really recommend everyone watch Kiss the Ground on Netflix. This movie links our food growing practices to the solution to global warming. By adopting regenerative agriculture practices, we can actually reverse warming by sequestering billions of tons of carbon in the soil. I had not explicitly heard this message before, and it creates a direction that every human being can participate in. We have shown the film to our 4-H Club and they are very excited to take part in the solution. School gardens could take the lead in this area and provide demonstration locations for the surrounding community. The youth can participate in the school solutions but also start to take the initiative to how they would adapt these practices to their own environment. Depending on where they live, it might include composting, growing trees, advocating for change, etc. 

They have a lot of free resources for educators.



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Tristana Pirkl (CE CEN)

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Nov 9, 2020, 5:37:18 PM11/9/20
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Hi all and Christina


Earlier this year, Whole Kids launched a pilot program to support youth-led programs specifically within entrepreneurship in our worlds of gardening, plant-based cooking and nutrition education. Through that program, we met a number of amazing organizations. Check out our webpage sharing some of their stories here.

 

Other amazing organizations not listed on the webpage but ones we met through this process and might be good to follow their examples are:

  • FoodWhat? In Santa Cruz, CA
  • Urban Roots in Austin, TX
  • Sproutin Up in Fort Collins, CO
  • City Blossoms in Washington, DC
  • Garden Raised Bounty in Olypmia, WA
  • American Heart Association Teaching Gardens in Los Angeles, CA

 

Hope that helps!

 

Be well, 

Tristana

 

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Pam LaCourse

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Nov 10, 2020, 10:20:37 AM11/10/20
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Hi Christina(All),
A quick answer to add to the wonderful resources others have listed:  Discovery of youth involvement opportunities is a mindset.  Everywhere you imagine an adult helping to build/maintain your program, work to place a child.

Examples from our program:
Elementary students
  • write
    •  grants
    • thank you letters
    • newsletters
  • take pictures
  • maintain garden and tools
  • teach topics
  • make rules including how to deal with rule breaking
  • decide upon goals
  • process food
Middle school and High school student partnerships(program is 12 yrs running and so these students are oftentimes alumni) 
  • build infrastructure
  • maintain garden and tools
  • teach topics
Hope this inspires!  Have fun solving this joyful challenge,
Pam
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Hearst Elementary School
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Pleasanton, CA
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Shital Parikh

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Nov 10, 2020, 11:23:12 AM11/10/20
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Thx a bunch. 
I’ll watch and  then recommend to all SD county school gardener educators to pass along your message. 

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