About the Growing School Food Gardens Group & Community Coordinators

The Growing School Food Gardens group is part of the Growing School Food Gardens Project led by KidsGardening and funded by a 2021 USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant. You can learn more about this project and read a Needs Assessment Report here

This year-long project will encompass:

  1. The Growing School Food Gardens group hosted on the Kids Garden Community to facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities, mentorship programs, regional networking, and resource exchanges. 
  2. Four webinars and 12 coaching calls based on relevant and requested topics of interest.
  3. Growing School Food Gardens Toolkit - a comprehensive, free virtual resource created for youth educators and leaders to create, maintain, and cultivate sustainable school food gardens.

Community Coordinators

Christina Smith-Galloway

Christina is an AmeriCorps alumni with over twenty years experience in public education and afterschool programs. Over the past 3 years, Christina has been cultivating and celebrating community through the power of gardening. She is a huge advocate for engaging in schools and communities and currently serves as a volunteer on a number of local school improvement councils,  environmental education organizations, and community gardening groups. She delights in working and promoting school gardens, learning new gardening styles, flowers, and foods across cultures, ecoprinting with natural dyes derived from plants, and learning new recipes to cook from garden to table. As a wife and mother of two, Christina is an avid home gardener who aspires to cultivate a love for gardening with everyone she meets!

Contact: ChristinaS@KidsGardening.org

Erica Krug

Erica grew up in Madison, Wisconsin with a mother from Iowa who believes there is nothing better than a homegrown tomato or an ear of sweet corn from a roadside pick-up truck. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, she moved to Wyoming where it was nearly impossible to find locally-grown sweet corn. After several years in the mountains she headed home to Wisconsin to pursue a degree in elementary education. On the drive home through Iowa she felt such a strong connection to the rolling farmland that she knew she had made the right call. After graduating with a teaching degree, she accepted a position at a small elementary school with a large amount of land. With the guidance of two like-minded colleagues, she helped to establish a school garden program and became part of a professional learning community made up of teachers in Madison who were dedicated to growing school food gardens. Erica left her teaching position in 2015 after having a son, but school gardens continued to have a special place in her heart. In 2020 she accepted a position with Rooted, a non-profit organization, where she works as Farm to School Director and oversees an AmeriCorps program that supports six school gardens, including one at the school where she taught for five years. She also supports the Wisconsin School Garden Network where she is the administrator for a free course for educators about teaching outdoors, specifically in garden settings, and helps to organize events for the statewide Wisconsin School Garden Day in May.

Contact: EricaK@KidsGardening.org

Lily Nguyen
GSFG Project Team
KidsGardening, Education Specialist
Sarah_P_profile_image.jpgSarah Pounders
GSFG Project Team
KidsGardening, Senior Education Specialist
Sarah_L_profile_image.jpgSarah Lane
GSFG Project Team
KidsGardening, Program Director
Amelia_D_profile_image.jpgAmelia Dupuis
GSFG Project Team
KidsGardening, Kids Garden Community Manager