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Day of Garden Skills Workshops & Demonstrations for the School Garden

Date: Saturday, October 25
Place: The Common School in Amherst in conjunction with Bramble Hill Farm
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Free and open to all educators with registration
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This workshop is free and open to all educators with registration. Bring your own lunch. There is a $20 fee for those teachers who would like to receive Professional Development. Ten Professional Development Points are offered for each workshop with accompanying classroom project.

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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom is sponsoring an educational day of workshops and demonstrations on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Common School in Amherst. . Learn a variety of new skills that will help you with your school gardening efforts.

Spend an educational and fun day brushing up on your gardening techniques and learning new activity ideas for the school garden on Saturday, October 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Common School in Amherst with twelve workshops and demonstrations to support successful efforts in the school garden will be held throughout the day, including soils, composting, constructing raised beds, gardening in containers, seeding and saving seeds, mulching, tree planting, pruning, herbs and more. Free an open to educators, school gardeners, garden volunteers and the public. Bring your own lunch. For those teachers who would like Professional Development certification there is a $20 fee. Ten Professional Development Points are provided to teachers with accompanying school gardening or classroom activity. Registration is required. This educational event is supported in part with funds from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and with assistance from Bramble Hill Farm in Amherst.

 

Workshops & Demonstration Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Fall Planted Grains and Garlic!
 

Alice Posner, experienced garden educator and small farmer will demonstrate techniques for “Fall Planted Grain and Garlic." She will offer the opportunity to learn about two crops that you can plant in the fall and harvest in winter or spring. You will also learn about garlic culture and harvest, cover cropping and options for winter grains. Alice serves as the school gardens mentor for Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom and also garden after-school with students in the Holyoke schools.

 

Instructor: Alice Posner, MAC School Garden Coordinator and Holyoke School Gardens

9:30 a.m.

The Science of Soils
 

An understanding of the importance and nature of soil is essential for growing healthy plants, agriculture, and for conservation and environmental education. Robert Rafka, PhD., scientist and educator, will offer an overview of soil properties such as type, texture, drainage, pH, color, and parent materials. You will learn how and why to test your soil, ways to improve your soil and will develop an understanding of the various aspects of soil science to assist with teaching about soils. Appropriate for middle and high school.

 

Workshop Presenter: Robert Rafka, retired scientist from Pfizer, master gardener and high school science teacher in Connecticut

10:30 a.m.

Favorite Ornamental and Edible Herbs for Gardening with Children
 

Debi Hogan, horticulturist and avid herb garden has been growing herbs in the gardens, containers and window boxes for more than twenty-five years. She has also been gardening with children of all ages for nearly as long, and is currently Executive Director of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. Debi will share her love for herbs in her presentation “Favorite Ornamental and Edible Herbs for Gardening with Children”, offering tips on favorite cultivars, tips for growing, drying techniques, how to prepare for culinary use and overwintering.

 

Workshop Presenter: Debi Hogan, Horticulturist and Executive Director of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom

11:00 a.m.

Planting a Garden for Pollinators
 

Pollinators are everywhere and they play and extremely important role in our lives and habitats, from pollinating the foods that we eat to initiating the development of the seeds that ensure survival of native plants. Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, will address “Planting a Garden for Pollinators.” He will review pollinator needs and offer a selection of ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and vines with flowering characteristics that will benefit pollinators and also complement the school calendar. These beauties will add ornamental beauty and interest to the schoolyard, while also offering opportunities for classroom study. He will also provide suggestions for care and culture.

 

Workshop Presenter: Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist, garden designer and owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, Rehoboth

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

12:00 noon Best Garden Ergonomics: Teaching Students to use their Bodies Healthily & Safely in the Garden
---- Lydia Sivel-Irons, The Flexible Farmer” an educational and bodywork business, Holyoke.

12:30 noon Growing Fibers and Dye Plants in the School Garden
---- Michelle Parrish, Grade 1-2 teacher at the Common School, Dye and Fiber Gardener and Weaver

1:00 p.m. Square Foot Planting in the School Garden
---- Alice Posner, MAC School Garden Coordinator and Holyoke School Gardens

1:30 p.m. Planting Spring Bulbs in the Fall Garden
---- Debi Hogan, Horticulturist and Executive Director of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom

2:00 p.m. Pruning and Planting a Tree or Shrub in the Schoolyard
---- Warren Leach, landscape horticulturist and garedn designer, Tranquil Lake Nursery, Rehoboth

2:30 p.m. Tour of the Vegetable Gardens at The Common School & Bramble Hill Farm
----Michelle Parrish, The Common School, Alice Posner and Warren Leach

Plan to spend the day and learn skills that will help you get your school fall garden off to a great start. Learn new techniques that will help you hone your gardening skills and improve the look and ease of care of your garden.

We are grateful to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resourcesfor sponsoring this day of workshops and demonstrations. We also thank the Common School and Bramble Hill Farm in Amherst for providing the site for this day of garden skills workshops and demonstrations. Read more about the Common School.