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Train the Trainers Workshop – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

The Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Train the Trainers (GENE 3T) is a unique training and networking opportunity for educators and organizations to provide professional development and technical assistance to California school garden and nutrition programs. GENE 3T workshops give school garden and nutrition promoters tools to offer Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Workshops (GENE) in their own regions.

All Trainers-in-Training Will:

  • Observe a GENE workshop being taught.
  • Receive trainer outlines and appropriate participant handouts to use in your own trainings.
  • Discuss effective training strategies for adult learners.
  • Network with other school garden support professionals.
  • Learn ways to promote and support garden-enhanced nutrition education in your region.
  • Become eligible to apply for a $550 mini-grant to replicate a GENE Workshop in your region.
  • Join the California School Garden Training Program, which will train 1,500 people by 2014.

Mini-Grants for Regional GENE Workshops

Participants who commit to offering a Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE) workshop in their communities during the 2013-2014 school year may apply for a $550 mini-grant to support a local training. Information about mini-grants will be available at the 3T workshops, and mini-grants are only available to those who attend a 3T Workshop.

2013 Train the Trainer Workshop Dates and Locations

There are two mandatory components of these Train-the-Trainer Events: A Workshop Observation and a Trainer Debrief.

  • For the GENE 3T workshops in Santa Cruz, Pasadena, San Diego, and North Bay San Francisco the Workshop Observation will happen on Day 1 and the Trainer Debrief will happen from 9:00-12:00 on Day 2.
  • For the GENE 3T workshops in Davis and Bakersfield, the Workshop Observation and Trainer Debrief will all take place on one day and will include additional Webinar sessionsLearn more.

Lakeside (San Diego) Full
Thursday April 25, 9:00-4:00, GENE – Lakeside Middle School, Lakeside (San Diego)
Friday, 26 April, 9:00-12:00, GENE 3T – RCD Office, Lakeside (San Diego)

Pasadena Full
Thursday, May 9, 9:00-4:00, GENE – Muir Ranch, Pasadena
Friday, May 10, 9:00-12:00, GENE 3T – Muir Ranch, Pasadena

Davis Full
Saturday, May 18, 8:30-5:00, GENE and 3T One-Day Combo – UC Davis Children's Garden, Davis
Train-the-Trainers Webinar – Thursday, May 16  3:30-5:00pm

Santa Cruz Full
Wednesday May 22, 9:00-4:00, GENE – Life Lab Garden Classroom, Santa Cruz
Thursday, May 23, 9:00-12:00, GENE 3T – Life Lab Garden Classroom, Santa Cruz

Santa Rosa Full
Friday, May 31, 9:00-4:00, GENE – Cultivating Impact Farm
Saturday, June 1, 9:00-12:00, GENE 3T – Cultivating Impact Farm

Arvin (near Bakersfield) Full
Saturday, June 22, 8:00-5:00, GENE and 3T One-Day Combo – 
Grimmway Academy Edible Schoolyard, Arvin
Train-the-Trainers Webinar – Thursday, June 20  3:30-5:00pm



Click on a location above to register.
If registering with co-workers, please submit one registration for your team and list all team member's names and emails.

GENE 3T Workshops are offered for free for organizations and individuals that:

  • Have a strong knowledge of gardening and nutrition concepts.
  • Have experience gardening and cooking with children and providing adult training.
  • Have interest in offering a GENE training in your region during the 2013-2014 schoolyear.
  • Can ideally attend this event as part of a 2-member team.

1 semester unit of graduate education credit available for $60.

Past organizational attendees have included:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • School or school districts
  • Health and nutrition educators
  • University or college programs
  • UCCE and Master Gardener programs
  • Community gardening organizations
  • Botanical garden programs
  • Network for a Healthy California programs
  • City or county programs
The California School Garden Training Program is funded by a California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The program will train 1,500 people in creating and sustaining school gardens from 2012-2014. Learn more about the CSGT. 

Training partners include Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network.

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Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside

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Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps

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