Garden Leader Tools and Resources

Garden leaders are the heart of our Seed-to-Table Program. Garden leaders are volunteers who work as a point of contact at community schools to bring the resources of Slow Food Denver to the children they work with. Garden leaders are volunteers and can be parents, faculty, or administrators at the schools.

Schools within the Seed-to-Table programs receive a variety of benefits, including:

  • Free seeds and seedlings for their gardens.
  • Monthly educational workshops for garden leaders on topics ranging from how to integrate the gardens into the common core to how to build your own light table.
  • Access to the Youth Farmers’ Market program which helps to raise money for the gardens while bringing farm-fresh produce to the neighborhood.
  • Assistance with all aspects of garden management.

The links below are designed for use by garden leaders, though anyone is welcome to see the types of materials that we have available for our network.

Enter all garden activities here: Seed-to-Table Alliance Reporting

Garden leaders, keep us updated on your garden activities. Accurate and consistent record keeping allows for us to help you even further with increased resources.

School Garden Guide

From design, implementation and curriculum to fundraising, volunteers and school policy, this comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community, based on Slow Food values of Good, Clean, and Fair Food.

Available to download through the Slow Food USA Website.

Denver School Garden Coalition

Slow Food Denver, Denver Urban Gardens, Learning Landscapes and Denver Public Schools have come together to form the Denver School Garden Coalition. The Coalition has developed the following DSGC Manual to help schools start and maintain school gardens. These are the official recommendations adopted by the school district governing school regarding school gardens.

Starting a School Garden

Starting a School Garden helps you get organized and gives you tips to make your garden successful. It includes a brainstorming activity for parents and teachers, lists of equipment needed and estimated costs. Find full color large files of the Garden Brainstorming here.

DPS Food Safety Protocols describes the procedures to follow for Denver Public Schools in order to do cooking classes with students.

Volunteer Forms
DPS Volunteer Application and Volunteer Brochure that explains volunteer responsibilities. Includes background checks.

The Seed-to-Table program offers 8 professional development workshops each year. Check our Events page for current workshops.

For handouts from previous workshops, see the links below:

2016 Workshops

Seed and Planting Activities from the Slow Food USA Clean Curriculum and a video about how to grow Micgrogreens.

If you are a Seed-to-Table Alliance member, you can order discount herbs at $1.60 each by downloading this form. Please order in multiples of 3 only. Deadline April 26.

2015 Workshops

Handmade Pasta and Grains

Compost Workshop and Do the Rot Thing Composting Activities

Community Outreach Workshop

Cooking with Young Learners

Pollinator Resources and Pollinator Power Point

Planting Wildflowers

Cooking Supplies

Cooking Cart

from www.kitchensource.com

Item: HS-5086-95 Price: $499.99

All-Clad Induction Burner

from www.amazon.com

Item: SR1881S Price:$169

Cable Dropover Cover

from http://www.electriduct.com/plastic-cord-covers.html

$20-40

To keep children from tripping on cords.

Fire Extinguisher

rated A-C, rechargeable

Available at Home Depot

Price: $39.97

Pots and Pans

You will need one frying pan and one large pot. If a magnet sticks to the pot, it will work. Some possibilities are iron woks or other steel pans, like a French steel crepe pan, cast iron pans and stainless that has a high level of steel. Here’s an explanation of induction.

Here are a examples of pots and pans you might consider adding to your supplies:

Frying Pan for Induction

Skillet for Tortillas and Flatbreads

Wok for Stir Fry or Saute’

Grants
For grant opportunities check out these resources:

Slow Food USA
California School Garden Network Grant Guide

Grant Writing Boilerplate
Use this School Garden Grant Boiler Plate to help you apply for grants as they come up. Keep all of your program information at your fingertips. Think of this application as a common grant application that will help you to fill out any funding requests. Keep the information up to date, and you will have an easier time when you fill out grant applications.

STT Program Overivew

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