American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Not Your Typical School Gardening Program: Developing Skills in Diverse Youth
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 8:45am to 10:15am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1
P.S. Larkin, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, North Carolina; E. Fournier, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; M. Baron, Muir Ranch, Pasadena, California

Frequently youth gardening programs are curriculum-based endeavors, which, while valuable, may die when not tended to or are not sustainable long-term. Two innovative programs are leading the way when it comes to youth gardening programs. Muir Ranch is a sustainable urban teaching farm and teen jobs program at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, where students learn to grow and sell fresh vegetables and flowers. Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm educates and employs 140 teens from low-income communities at four farm sites in and near Chicago. Coordinators for these programs present the background and benefits of the programs, with additional presentations from Muir Ranch students and graduates of Windy City Harvest Youth Farm on how the program has impacted them.