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2019 Arizona School Garden Sustainability Summit

  • East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) 1601 West Main Street Mesa, AZ, 85202 United States (map)

The Summit and Workshop are being hosted by the Arizona Department of Education and AZ Health Zone.

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:

  1. Development of a Garden Committee

  2. Establishment of Funding and Support

  3. Integration with programming/curriculum

  4. Professional Development   

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).