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National School Garden Program

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How's It Growing

Stories from Slow Food USA School Gardens

From planting the first seeds to harvesting the last carrot, here you can find personal stories from students, teachers and volunteers that are growing, maintaining and celebrating Slow Food school gardens in the USA. This is also the place to find media coverage for Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program. If you would like to guest pen a blog post about school garden happenings in your community, please email us.


  • Slow Food USA Announces Release of New School Garden Curriculum

    Slow Food USA Announces Release of New School Garden Curriculum

    Feb 1, 2017

    Slow Food USA has just published its second school garden curriculum, Clean: Gardening for Sustainability. Educators can use a school garden or cooking program to teach biology, chemistry, social studies, language arts, and geography.
    full story…

  • EUSD Farm Lab is the First in the US to Grow Their Own (Certified Organic) School Lunch

    EUSD Farm Lab is the First in the US to Grow Their Own (Certified Organic) School Lunch

    Mim Michelove, Director of Farm Lab, Encinitas Union School District, September 6, 2016

    EUSD Farm Lab celebrates being the first organically certified school district in the country - growing for its school lunch program on district-owned land! EUSD Farm Lab is an Encinitas Union School District satellite school, located in southern CA on a 10-acre site that houses an innovative new campus, a community garden and farm fields where food is locally grown for their school lunch program.
    full story…

  • Changing the Food Culture at Orme School: Challenges, Persistence, and Passion

    Changing the Food Culture at Orme School: Challenges, Persistence, and Passion

    Molly Beverly, Slow Food Prescott, Summer 2016

    If an everyday home cook can transform an institutional cafeteria into a paradigm of sustainable food, we too can change our food culture.
    full story…

  • School Garden Spring Break 2016: Proud Partners

    School Garden Spring Break 2016: Proud Partners

    Lauren Howe, Co-Director of the National School Garden Program, June 26, 2016

    This is the third and final in a series of three blog posts recapping School Garden Spring Break, Slow Food USA’s national conference in April 2016. As we look to the organizational future of Slow Food, Spring Break certainly reaffirmed our new strategic direction, which highlights three buckets of work: gatherings, campaigns, and partnerships. Over the next few weeks, this series of blog posts will highlight these areas.
    full story…

  • Moving Forward Together: Key Takeaways from the 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

    Moving Forward Together: Key Takeaways from the 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

    Sandhya Tillotson, Executive Director of the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, June 23, 2016

    The Farm to School Movement is a BIG DEAL!!! Over 1,040 participants from across the country came together in the capitol of the Cheese State to learn, network and celebrate the Farm to School movement.
    full story…

  • New “Heart Squad” Launches in Bristol, CT

    New “Heart Squad” Launches in Bristol, CT

    Christy Matthews, Slow Food Connecticut, June 20, 2016

    The Harvest Health Squad, made up of a small core of community members interested in creating projects that “cultivate a positive food and wellness culture” in Bristol. This means anything from materials that educate the public on healthy eating and living options to how to grow and cook foods, to programming, projects and events that demonstrate good food, wellness, exercise, culinary, and more.
    full story…

  • School Garden Spring Break 2016: A Campaign Creator

    School Garden Spring Break 2016: A Campaign Creator

    Lauren Howe, Co-Director of the National School Garden Program, June 14, 2016

    This is the second in a series of three blog posts recapping School Garden Spring Break, Slow Food USA’s national conference in April 2016. As we look to the organizational future of Slow Food, Spring Break certainly reaffirmed our new strategic direction, which highlights three buckets of work: gatherings, campaigns, and partnerships. Over the next few weeks, this series of blog posts will highlight these areas.
    full story…

  • School Garden Spring Break 2016: Truly a Slow Food Gathering

    School Garden Spring Break 2016: Truly a Slow Food Gathering

    Lauren Howe, Co-Director of the National School Garden Program, June 8, 2016

    This is the first in a series of three blog posts recapping School Garden Spring Break, Slow Food USA’s national conference in April 2016. As we look to the organizational future of Slow Food, Spring Break certainly reaffirmed our new strategic direction, which highlights three buckets of work: gatherings, campaigns, and partnerships. Over the next few weeks, this series of blog posts will highlight these areas.
    full story…

  • Dillard University Visits Slow Food Ghana

    Dillard University Visits Slow Food Ghana

    Philip Amoah, Slow Food coordinator in Ghana, April 7, 2016

    On the 15th of March 2016, a Dillard University delegation from Louisiana, USA came to visit the activities of Slow Food in Ghana.
    full story…

  • Manzo: The Greenest Elementary School in the Nation

    Manzo: The Greenest Elementary School in the Nation

    John Asadourian, Slow Food Prescott, March 21, 2016

    Is there a formula for creating a successful school garden program? All of us who are interested in knowing what it takes to deliver green education to our children would be wise to ask questions of those who have been successful in accomplishing this goal.
    full story…

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Slow Gardens

Lauren Howe
Program Director
lauren@slowfoodusa.org
877.SlowFoo(d), ext. 129
(877.756.9366)

 

Andrew Nowak
Program Director
andrew@slowfoodusa.org
877.SlowFoo(d), ext. 128
(877.756.9366)

 

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