Our fifth annual school garden conference will feature workshops that explore regional best practices for planning and running a garden that will not only meet educational goals, but also foster life skills. Attending educators will develop practical gardening skills that will increase their confidence and ability to teach in and from a garden. Workshops will support interested parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators—those who have established gardens and those just breaking ground. Pre-registration required.
Together we hope to cultivate garden spaces that will enrich every community!
Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers
To Deliver Keynote Address
This year we are excited to welcome Lara Lepionka of Backyard Growers to deliver the keynote address. In the face of the 2008 recession, Lara turned her yard into a micro-urban farm and started growing her own food in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In 2010, she helped a handful of neighbors start their own vegetable gardens, and Backyard Growers was born. Her ultimate goal: creating life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food.
Nine years later, Backyard Growers coordinate a district-wide school garden program serving all eight Gloucester schools. This signature school garden program has been replicated in numerous Massachusetts school districts. Lara will inspire conference attendees as she shares the highlights, challenges, and successes of this collaborative school garden program.
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