Growing Together: Open Forum

  • 1.  Community Chats and other event ideas

    COMMUNITY MANAGER
    Posted 10-04-2021 12:15:00 PM
    Hi all! Wanted to make sure everyone is aware of our upcoming Community Chat this Wednesday! This will be our first go at providing an informal space for Kids Garden Community members to ask questions "face-to-face" virtually and talk with other educators/caregivers/volunteers about specific challenges and ideas. 

    There will be two drop-in sessions on October 6th at 3:00-4:00 PM EST and 7:30-8:30 PM EST for our first 'Chat' focused on the theme of "Creating a Learning Garden". Please see the event description for more information. 

    We'll have a group of "experts" available to answer questions and a talk youth gardening including Sarah Pounders, Christine Gall, Lily Nguyen, John Fisher, Michelle Zupan, Shelley Mitchell, and Zoe Kosmas.

    Registration is not required but there's a survey in the event description that we encourage you to fill out if you're interested in this or future Community Chats. This is a new format so if you join, we will ask for your feedback after so we can improve Chats in the future.

    Any suggestions for future Community Chat themes? Ideas for other ways to connect with Community members? Any other "events" you'd like to see offered?

    Drop any questions and suggestions below. Looking forward to connecting with everyone!

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    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager
    KidsGardening
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  • 2.  RE: Community Chats and other event ideas

    COMMUNITY MANAGER
    Posted 10-06-2021 12:14:00 PM
    Reminder that our first Community Chat is happening today on Zoom! If you can't attend, let us know what future Chats you'd like to join. Attending today? Give us a heads up if you haven't already.

    Looking forward to connecting with everyone!

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    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager
    KidsGardening
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  • 3.  RE: Community Chats and other event ideas

    COMMUNITY MANAGER
    Posted 10-12-2021 05:04:00 PM
    Edited by Amelia Dupuis 10-12-2021 05:13:13 PM
    Recordings of last week's Community Chats attached! So many great questions and ideas shared. Below are the time stamps for each recording if you'd like to view certain topics that were shared in the chat. 

    3PM Session (10-6-3pm Creating a Learning Garden recording - File name starting with "73858")
    6:45 - Keeping students motivated and engaged during colder months
    16:00 - Cultivating buy-in from other grades and members of a school community
    22:20 - Simple intro ideas and activities to get started gardening with kids in any setting
    26:45 - Tips for managing produce in the fall in a timely manner
    31:50 - Dos and don'ts of getting started with a greenhouse
    43:10 - Creating learning gardens for kids with special needs

    7:30PM Session (10-6-730pm - Creating a Learning Garden recording - File name starting with "52b9a")
    5:10 - Garden design for large spaces: making the space feel smaller
    12:05 - Getting other teachers on board with a garden program
    19:15 - Low maintenance water sources for wildlife in the garden
    23:30 - Keeping students motivated and engaged during colder months
    31:30 - Incorporating gardens into lunch programs
    37:00 - Creating learning gardens for kids with special needs
    42:55 - Getting a consistent volunteer base for your garden and barriers for volunteers

    If you attended a Chat and haven't filled out the feedback survey, please do so here.

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    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager
    KidsGardening
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