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Join Life Lab and EdWeb’s Growing School Garden Community for a webinar on Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 4pm / Eastern Time

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Presenters: John Fisher, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Life Lab, with Park Guthrie, Garden Education Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District in California.

Across the nation foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens. These “Regional Support Models” work to to provide funding, empower garden champions, build partnerships, and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability of school garden programs.

Life Lab’s Director of Programs and Partnerships and co-founder of the National School Garden Network Forum, John Fisher, will share various ways that organizations across the nation have created a “culture” of school gardening in their region. From small district garden programs with four schools to larger organizations that network with over 100 schools, this presentation will share examples of how support organizations can sustain school gardens. Park Guthrie, Oakland Unified School District’s Garden Education Specialist, will share his work supporting 60 plus gardens in his district. Through his work Park has garnered a concise understanding of what it takes to make garden programs succeed and will share the ins and outs of overseeing multiple gardens.

Our presentation will also be a unique opportunity for school garden support organizations to network and share. Viewers looking for ways to institutionalize and sustain multiple garden projects in their region will most benefit from this presentation.

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