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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.


  • A Flock of Feathered Friends at Moss Haven Farm

    A Flock of Feathered Friends at Moss Haven Farm

    Farmer Kim Aman, Moss Haven Elementary School, July 16, 2015

    When we began our journey in school gardening, we knew that we wanted chickens incorporated into the program. Our school district, on the other hand, had no interest in having them on our campus. So, since we are in the business of education, we came up with a fine feathered lesson plan, loaded with data and research.
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  • My Food Literacy Journey

    My Food Literacy Journey

    Taylor Durham '11, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, June 2015

    As a graduated Forest Ridge “lifer,” I can honestly say that my job in the Forest Ridge kitchen has taught me as much as my experiences in the classroom. I joined the FRidge team looking for a convenient before-school job when I turned 16. At the time, I couldn’t have predicted how much the experience would change me.
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  • Sustainability, Community, and that Beautiful Sign at PS #3

    Sustainability, Community, and that Beautiful Sign at PS #3

    Brigid D'Souza, Civic Parent, May 5, 2015

    Frank Conwell Public School (PS) #3 is a school committed to sustainability; they now have a sign to prove it. And it’s a really beautiful sign at that. This morning, through a partnership with Slow Food USA, Lead Teacher Mark Buttner and two preK classes celebrated the unveiling. At about five feet tall, the sign was provided by Slow Food, an organization that promotes “good, clean, and fair food for all.”
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  • Humboldt Elementary School Garden Rehabilitation

    Humboldt Elementary School Garden Rehabilitation

    Stephen Scott, Terroir Seeds, Originally Published February 2014

    In honor of the National School Garden Team's recent April 2015 visit to Arizona, we are re-sharing a wonderful story about the rehabilitation of an elementary school garden in a small Arizona town. When we consider the potential results and implications from this small school garden, we can see effects on the young students, the parents and the faculty and staff.
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  • Slow Food Youth Network at the Mass Hort School Garden Conference

    Slow Food Youth Network at the Mass Hort School Garden Conference

    Ann Cromley, Slow Food UVM, March 12, 2015

    The future of food is in the hands of the children of this world! Teachers and advocates play a greatly important role in the future of the food movement; returning to the roots of our native lands, integrating edible education, and installing inspiration and passion for good, clean, fair food into the hearts of students and youth across the globe!
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  • A FoodCorps Reflection on the Oregon School Garden Summit

    A FoodCorps Reflection on the Oregon School Garden Summit

    Aaron Poplack, FoodCorps, February 27, 2015

    Hello from Oregon! As a second-year FoodCorps service member here, I have quickly realized that one of the greatest strengths of Oregon’s school garden movement is its commitment to building a thriving community of school garden practitioners. Each year, Oregon’s diverse group of school garden educators and farm to school advocates have the chance to meet and trade ideas at the annual Oregon School Garden Summit.
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  • Slow Food USA’s Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum “Hits the Shelves”

    Slow Food USA’s Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum “Hits the Shelves”

    Lauren Howe, February 16, 2014

    Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is excited to have launched our first-ever monthly webinar last Thursday February 12 just in time for the release of the initial volume of the Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum.
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  • How School Gardens Impact the Greater Community

    How School Gardens Impact the Greater Community

    Lauren Howe, December 22, 2014

    Part 3 of the School Gardens at Terra Madre three-part blog series: Sunday brought a new day and a new exchange of ideas to the table as I facilitated the “How School Gardens Impact the Greater Community” workshop. Delegates presented about pioneering programs in each of their communities, which ranged in diversity.
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  • Forest Ridge Campus Garden Fall Harvest Report

    Forest Ridge Campus Garden Fall Harvest Report

    Becky Willkens, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, December 19, 2014

    This fall, over 180 pounds of Ozette potatoes and 250 pounds of winter squash were harvested from the campus gardens and enjoyed in meals prepared by the FRidge.
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  • Reflections from Terra Madre 2014

    Reflections from Terra Madre 2014

    Helen Dombalis, National Farm to School Network, December 10, 2014

    Today is Terra Madre Day, a day to reflect on the global Slow Food movement and to share inspiration from one of the world’s most important cultural forums. Hosted by Slow Food International, Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto bring nearly a quarter-million people (yes, you read that right!) to Turin, Italy every-other year in October to celebrate and preserve food cultures around the globe.
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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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