Thursday, April 27, 2023
9am- 3pm at the Fibershed Learning Center
This workshop is designed to highlight the wonderful work of our local Fibershed, amplify the work of its local fiber producers and makers, and connect garden educators and classroom teachers with lessons and plants that will support fiber art projects in their school gardens.
Fibershed is a nonprofit organization that develops regional fiber and textile systems that build ecosystem and community health. Fibershed’s producer community includes over 180 farmers, ranchers, designers, artisans, processors and retailers in Northern California.
The workshop will include hands-on activities, dye plant giveaways, lunch and more.
Grace Sullivan is a natural dye and textile practitioner and teacher committed to using dyes and materials sources from the soil. Her teaching experience includes leading a farm-to-table program at Castlemont High School in Oakland, and designing and running garden programs in Philadelphia and Phoenix.
Robyn Smith is a Fiber Artist and classroom teacher Of 20+ years with degrees in both Montessori and Waldorf education. Robyns deeper studies of Botanical dying and handwork she gained through her studies at Rudolph Steiner College of which she applied in classroom and garden at local Waldorf schools in the bay area.
Fiber Arts Resources
August 8, 2023, 9am-3pm
In this engaging workshop, SGN presents “Food Literacy Broken Down Bite-by-Delicious-Bite.” This workshop explores cutting-edge nutrition education and food literacy concepts. SGN and local chefs utilize outdoor cooking spaces and NGSS curriculum in hands-on practice. This workshop also discusses food education and literacy through the lens of food equity and access, as well as trauma-informed education. SGN’s Program Director has completed Trauma-Informed Programming through Leah’s Pantry: Trauma Basics, and the Relationship to Nourishment. Workshop participants will leave with indoor/outdoor classroom lessons and recipes to immediately begin integrating their new nutrition education with their students.
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October 5, 2023, 9am-4pm
Join us for a day of exploration, activities, and peer sharing on engaging students in schoolyard habitats through both the arts and ecological stewardship! School gardens offer hands-on learning opportunities where conceptual knowledge can be brought to life and made more accessible, tangible, exciting, and inspiring. As part of SGN's Schoolyard Habitat Program, this workshop will support educators in engaging students in their habitat gardens to foster curiosity, exploration, play, creativity, and ecological literacy and stewardship.
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Conservation Works’ environmental education program is a vermiculture waste-to-compost program working with schools to help them divert their food wastes from landfills to onsite bins with earthworms that recycle the waste into rich compost material. Conservationists provide workshop participants with a classroom module on composting, and equip educators to engage student leaders at their schools to develop an ongoing school composting program. Less food waste in landfills means less methane (a potent greenhouse gas) generation in the landfill, plus the compost can be used in school gardens, or even sold as a school fundraiser.