Summer seminar illuminates school gardens

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers summer mid-summer conference on educating educators to prepare young people for healthy education.

The effort was made by Katie Elementary School, which has been providing students with practical experience for over eight years.

Stephen Students, a science teacher at Stephen Elementary School, said, “Students are gaining gardening experience and taking that to their families. As a result of these efforts, many students have begun sharing their own garden. Our garden offers practical and real-life experiences that make learning meaningful.

The Online AgriLife Conference will be held on Wednesday, July 20 from 8 am-4 ፡ 20 pm and will cover preparation, installation and maintenance, support and success stories. The seven-hour professional education program is recognized by the Texas Education Agency. The online course fee is $ 30. Register at

The seminar will cover events such as plant types, location, layout, planning, irrigation, soil and common challenges. Planting and care includes vegetables, seeds, replacement, time, harvest, beneficial insects and maintenance.

The support focuses on volunteers, funding, partnerships, resources, the Junior Master Gardener program and curriculum. Success Stories Gardens includes first-hand accounts as an outdoor classroom for education, health, and safety.

One of the benefits of a school garden is that students see where fresh produce comes from, Slater. “It also increases their appetite for vegetables and fruits by taking samples of foods they cannot taste,” she adds.

She said the school garden allows students to practice science. “When we see our plants growing and producing, it encourages collaboration, teamwork and a sense of accomplishment and pride.”

Stephen’s Garden was launched as a gift in 2014 by the Katie Education Foundation. The first gift was a combination of all subjects, but it is primarily science, math and writing, Sloter said. The idea was to create an environment where students could practice life sciences “in their backyard” and find inspiration to write novels and novels based on their gardening experience. She said the project is expanding and improving with various donations and donations.

Slater offers advice to school gardeners

• Apply for help and ask for donations! There is money for school gardens.

• Get community support at Rotary Clubs, Churches, Boy Scouts, Extension Agencies, Gardeners etc.

• Have students own ownership of the garden. To plant weeds, collect them, add soil, fertilize, etc.

• Start a gardening committee and share the responsibilities.

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