Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture offers workshop on teaching math, literacy in the garden, Oct. 27

Press release from Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture:

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is pleased to announce a workshop on Teaching Math and Literacy in the Garden. The workshop will occur on October 27th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Mountain Pathways school.

At the workshop, participants will learn hands-on skills that will help them complete school garden projects, come away with easy to implement lesson plans that teach curriculum standards, and earn CEUs. Participants will be grouped based on the age group they work with and will rotate through three learning stations. The first learning station will focus on season extension and will be taught by Lon Coulter of Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy. “Growing Success in your School Garden” will be taught by Mountain Pathways teacher and Farm Camp director Kristy Hackler. “Reading, Writing, and Relaxing in the Garden” will be taught by Lettuce Learn founder and BRWIA Executive Director, Courtney Baines.  Continuing education credits (.6 CEUs) will be offered through Appalachian State University’s Math and Science Education Center for K-8 North Carolina school teachers (in Math, Science, Literacy and/or Technology).  Lunch will be provided by Lost Province Brewing Company.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture wanted to host this workshop to showcase the possibilities for teaching curriculum standards to children of all ages in a school garden. “We want to encourage teachers to bring students to the garden as frequently as possible” says Luci Hancock of BRWIA. “ That being said, we know what a challenge it can be to fit garden time into an already packed schedule. So we want to highlight how teachers how they can use the garden as a tool to teach STEM, literacy, social studies, and more. Our goal is to make teaching in the garden as easy as possible for teachers, and we hope teachers will leave this workshop feeling like it’s not just doable to bring their students to the garden, but valuable and important.”

This workshop is a part of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture’s Lettuce Learn school garden support program, which works to support teachers, child care professionals, and school leaders to create and maintain edible landscapes for learning, by providing help where they need it most: staff, training, and resources. Lettuce Learns goal is to create impactful educational opportunities that engage children with their natural world, enable them to make healthy choices, and encourage them to help build sustainable communities.

Workshop Details

Location: 453 Howard’s Creek Road, Boone NC 28607

Date: October 27th, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: Suggested donation of $10-$30. Scholarships are available for public school teachers. Email for more information on receiving a scholarship.

Registration: or by calling 828-386-1537


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