California School Garden Training Program
The California School Garden Training Program (CSGT) trained over 1,700 educators from 2012 – June, 2014. It included workshops on Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden (CSYSG) and Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE). CSGT conducted Train-the-Trainer Workshops, where new leaders were trained to replicate the CSYSG and GENE workshops.
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Additionally the CSGT training model and resources were shared at 6 statewide conferences reaching 229 people.
Workshop Participant Final Survey Highlights
77% of final survey respondents stated that they increased the amount of fruits and vegetables they tasted/ate with students
67% said they increased time spent using the garden to teach nutrition education
97% noted some (56%) or significant (41%) marked improvement in their effectiveness in implementing garden-enhanced nutrition education
75% noted some (59%) or significant (16%) marked improvement in student's families' consumption of fruits and vegetables
27% installed a school garden
76% improved an existing school garden
73% shared what they learned from the Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden workshop with colleagues
93% noted some (45%) or significant (48%) marked improvement in their abilities to access resources to support their garden program
Quotes from Final Survey
“I never ate a snow pea pod before, now I will eat millions!” – Student
"Can we have some MORE kale chips?" – Student
"[My favorite thing I learned about in the garden was] drinking strawberry water. It tastes good and it's good for you." 4th grader, after making strawberry lemonade on a hot day and talking about the vitamins in strawberries.” – Student
“After my kindergarten students experienced "eating a rainbow" and the rainbow body… while eating their mid-morning snack at the snack table, they would hold up vegetables and fruits and bring them to the part of the body that the vegetable or fruit made healthy and say things like "my carrot is eye food" or "my grapes are brain food" – Teacher
“One of my high school students is on the football team. One day when we were working on our school garden I saw him staring at the football field. When I asked him what he was doing, he said, "I was just thinking about how much food we could grow if we converted this football field." – Teacher
“I am a community partner working in an elementary school that has a majority of youth in the free and reduced lunch program. They often get vegetables they do not like in the packaged meals and have a bad association with eating their vegetables. We grew fresh carrots in the garden and the kids came out of the garden so happy to be carrying their harvest! In fact, it has made them more adventurous to try new items that the school district is implementing. Some kids I never expected to be trying new items are eating and enjoying raw sweet potatoes! Just like me, when you invest time into something and care for it, you are that much more likely to try it and be empowered to grow more!” – Student
“I didn't know worms and bugs were so much fun to play with! I didn't know I liked Kale! Now I know I like 3 different kinds of kale!” – Student
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