This conference is being hosted by the Arizona Garden Network, which is a collaborative work group including representatives from the Arizona Department of Education, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
This 2-day conference promises to provide plenty of useful information and inspiration for anyone involved in garden education. The Summit has been planned based on evidence-based indicators for successful garden programming described in detail in the evidence-based Garden Resources, Education and Environment Nexus (GREEN) tool (Burt, Koch, & Contento, 2017). Specifically, the elements critical to a successful and sustainable garden program are:
Development of a Garden Committee
Establishment of Funding and Support
Integration with programming/curriculum
We factored this into the planning of the Summit; you'll find that each session directly addresses one of the four critical pieces. You will hear from garden program leaders, educators, Master Gardeners, horticulture/botany professionals, sustainability leaders and more. You will leave the Summit with ideas that you can immediately implement in your own garden setting. Although the title is "School Garden Summit", this information is relevant and applicable to early care and community garden environments as well.
You may select one or both days; each day is $25 and includes a light breakfast and lunch.
2019 Arizona School Garden Sustainability Summit
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 6, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
1601 W. Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
For those of you who live and work in other areas of Arizona, condensed one-day Summits will also be held in Prescott (September 4) and in Tucson (September 20).