Garden-Based Education Working Table

Food Well Alliance is deeply rooting garden-based education into Georgia's K-12 curriculum in partnership with 12 nutrition, environmental science and food system education organizations. Garden education is currently provided individually for each school with the lead organizer varying from a green-conscious principal, adamant parent, unconventional science teacher or community-based organization.

From June- August 2016, Food Well Alliance facilitated the Garden-Based Education Working Table to help build consensus and a shared vision for how to bring viable food education into Georgia schools. 

Food Well Alliance's Working Tables are facilitated collaborations among organizational leaders to build common language and prioritize strategic steps of implementation.

The outcome of this facilitation is a set of shared goals to achieve targeted results, with long-term plans to present findings and results to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). Ultimately these efforts are to gain a statewide instructional strategy that uses the garden as a teaching tool for integrated learning across disciplines, equipping students with the skills and knowledge to make healthier food and environmental choices.

Partners

Atlanta Public Schools, Captain Planet Foundation, Dekalb County Schools, Fernbank Science Center, Fulton County Schools, Gwinnett County Schools, Georgia Organics, Mercer University,  Slow Food Atlanta, Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, and the Wylde Center

Collective Recommendation

Garden based education will be adopted statewide as an instructional strategy that utilizes the garden as a teaching tool in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning across disciplines to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make healthier food and environmental choices.

Goals

  1. Develop an overarching definition of garden based education.

  2. Identify successful existing garden based education programs to use as a model for GA garden based education.

  3. Curate and test a scaffolded Pre K-12 garden based education curriculum aligned to Georgia Performance Standards to be adopted by the Georgia Department of Education and the Professional Standards Commission.

  4. Create promotional materials to convince school leadership to adopt garden based education in their schools/districts.

  5. Create and/or combine teacher endorsement for garden based education with existing pre-service and in-service training.

  6. Create policy recommendations to support garden based education in Georgia.

  7. Create a Georgia garden based education alliance that would be a sustainable mechanism to coordinate garden based education standards and curriculum implementation across the state.

We will accept letters of interest for the program in Spring 2017, if you are interested in participating in a Design Table to implement the pilot program, please provide your name, email and additional details about yourself here. You will be notified once the window to accept letters of interest opens.