Open to Pre-K through 12th grade formal (teachers) and informal educators
CEU credits provided by ASU's Math & Science Education Center
LIMITED TO 30 REGISTRANTS: DEADLINE to register Feb 15
12:15 | Registration
12:30 | Welcome &
12:40 | Lunch by Stick Boy Kitchen
1:15 | DIY Season extension
2:15 | Learning station 2
3:15 | Learning station 3
4:15 | Evaluations, Networking, Raffle
THE PRACTICAL: Building & Sustaining Student Interest in the Garden
Learn how to plan and successfully run your school garden with tried and true strategies from horticulturist and educator, Kristy Hackler. Practice a variety of skills including outdoor classroom management techniques, succession planting, garden design sketching, and year-long garden planning.
Kristy Hackler is a Jill of all trades, Montessori Teacher, horticulturalist, and creator/Director of Farm Camp. Kristy's 11 years of teaching experience combined with a strong farming background and running her own business as landscaper inspired her to create the Farm Camp micro farm at Mountain Pathways Montessori School. The farm provides an intensive sustainable farming and gardening experience that focuses on basic gardening skills as well as harvesting, processing, and marketing farm products. Students have benefited from the farm by learning creative problem solving skills, the fundamentals of a sustainable food system, and practical life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands on experience. Kristy and her sidekick, Emily (the Assistant Director of Farm Camp) hope to add meat chicken and mushroom production to our campus this spring.
SEASON EXTENSION: Growing great veggies all year long
Learn how to utilize season extension technology in your school garden with Lon Coulter. Explore a variety of season extension techniques and learn how to build your own simple row cover for less than $50.
Lon Coulter earned a BS in Agriculture an an MA in Education from Ohio State University. He currently serves as head of farm maintenance at Appalachian State University's Sustainable Development Teaching and Research farm. He and his wife Carol live just outside Jefferson with their 30 goats and 5 dogs. They own and operate Heritage Homestead goat dairy which they built themselves from scratch. Lon describes himself as the cheese maker and barn cleaner.
He's done many things over the years including mechanic, builder, Outward Bound instructor, and has taught at Wilkes Community College and Appalachian State University. Other passions include blacksmithing, hide tanning, baskets, brooms, dry stack stone, gardening and cooking.
FIND PEACE & LITERACY IN THE GARDEN: Reading, Writing, and Relaxing in the Garden
Join Courtney Baines Smith to explore books and literacy activities that you can utilize in your classroom anytime of the year. Learn about the emotional and sensory benefits of a school garden as well as practice a kid-friendly “veggie yoga” series that you can share with your students outside or in. Come away with great ideas of how to integrate language arts and wellness in this one hour learning station with Lettuce Learn director, Courtney Baines Smith.
Courtney Baines Smith teaches Earth/Environmental Science at Watauga High School and has been studying and teaching garden-based/sustainability education for nearly a decade. She will share her creativity and passion by offering a plethora of resources and inspiration to help you bring learning to life in your classroom-- while also meeting the standards you are required to meet.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Office
Lower Level 171 Grand Blvd
PO Box 67
Boone, NC 28608