Following a brief introduction, Catherine Sieck, Garden Coordinator at Larkfield Community Garden & Learning Center, will guide the group in Garden Design & Crop Planning. She will share her crop plan, as well as others resource, and lead participants through the process of planning their school garden for an abundant year ahead. We will also discuss cover cropping, garden bed preparation and harvesting techniques.
Next Kaelyn Ramsden, SGN Workshop Coordinator and former school garden teacher, will lead the group in harvesting and preparing a balanced and nutritious garden lunch with the bounty of the season.
Anne Loarie, SGN's Program Director, will facilitate the afternoon piece that focuses on Garden Curriculum and Resources. Anne will showcase SGN's favorite resources and help participants integrate their plans by sequencing garden activities into a curricular framework. There will be a strong emphasis on NGSS.
Free plants and seeds available, as well as a plethora of resources to view and explore.
Catherine Sieck is both an artist and gardener, and she views these practices as deeply intertwined. She has lived and worked at the Occidental Arts and Ecology center, studying and practicing Permaculture design and bio-intensive gardening. She is passionate about the intersection of land tending, food growing, community building and art making, and she is grateful to share these passions in her role as the Garden Coordinator for the Larkfield Community Garden.
Kaelyn is an educator, writer and gardener whose work for the last decade has been dedicated to deepening relationships between people and their place through outdoor education and farming. Her commitment to building just and regenerative food systems took root at UC Santa Cruz where she earned her BA in Environmental Justice and Political Science. Since 2011, Kaelyn has directed environmental youth programs within the non profit sector; run school garden programs in both public and charter schools; and led workshops for teachers, administrators and school garden coordinators on growing and sustaining their school garden programs.
Anne's path in garden education has wound through studies at the University of Oregon, service in Peace Corps Panama as a Permaculture volunteer, time teaching in San Francisco Unified, and non-profit educational work. With her passion for gardening, cooking, the natural world, and social justice, empowering educators to take their students outside to learn has become a personal mission.
Anne is also the Garden and Wellness Educator at Alexander Valley School where she integrates science curriculum with organic gardening practices and food literacy education. She envisions an education system that integrates whole child concepts through authentic, inquiry led, project-based learning so that our youth have the skills and opportunities to self-actualize in an increasingly hectic and yet isolating society.