Monday, August 26, 2013

SC School Garden Workshops

In order for a school to participate in the Farm to School program they must abide by a set of criteria.  They must promote the Certified SC Grown program with signage, serve at least two SC Grown fruits or vegetables in the cafeteria, incorporate agriculture and nutrition into lesson plans and construct a school garden.  To assist schools with establishing a garden, the Farm to School program hosted two SC School Garden Workshops this summer.  Both workshops were hands-on, designed for all skill levels and spotlighted successful Farm to School gardens in South Carolina.  There were presentations from regional garden educators and experts and demonstrations of “square foot gardening”.  Participants even made and took home fantastic garden crafts.  Each workshop had over 50 attendees and they were considered huge successes.  The SC Farm to School program is excited to see how attendees improve upon their school gardens and hope they implement strategies discussed at the workshops.