Summer course for teachers on school gardens as K-12 learning technique

Saint Joseph's College will offer a summer course for K-12 educators called "Cultivating Learning Through School Gardening" on weekday mornings from July 11-22 at its Standish campus.
The course will guide teachers on how to incorporate gardening into a classroom syllabus and take an in-depth look at how the school garden movement has positively impacted children's cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth, as well as enhanced scores on standardized tests.

Topics include gardening basics, how to raise funds for projects, conducting taste tests, running "discover cooking" demonstrations, as well as nutrition and health education. The course will also offer field trips to school gardens in Greater Portland. Time will be set aside for teachers to reflect on how they can integrate the garden into their curriculum as well as to develop a garden plan for their school.

Longtime organic farmer and educator Richard Rudolph, director of Rippling Waters Farm in Standish, will teach the course. Rudolph has helped to start school gardens in the Hollis and Standish area. A retired professor and academic dean at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, Dr. Rudolph has farmed full time since 1996 and also consults on issues such as sustainable development, farm-to-school initiatives, green energy, and global environmental concerns.

The class runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is offered as a 3-credit graduate-level course, and also as a non-credit course at a reduced cost. For further information, call 800-343-5498 or visit online.sjcme.edu/summer.

May 17, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu