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Bluegrass Food Security Summit
 "Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities"

Thursday March 18 6-9pm Recognition Dinner

Friday March 19, 8-5pm Food Security Workshops in 4 tracks

 Crestwood Christian Church

182 Bellefonte Dr.  Lexington, KY

Friday March 19 8-5pm 

Track #3 Gardening with Class: Teacher PD Workshop-Integrating  School Gardens, Agricultural Literacy and Green Schools

"Good Food For All Kids: A Garden At Every School in Kentucky"

Gardening with Class workshop is designed with K-12 teachers in mind and  will provide:

1) an over view of the KY Green and Healthy Schools curriculum

2) update reports from the field on school garden efforts in Kentucky

3) discussion of challenges to instituting school gardens 

4) opportunity for hands-on project to build a worm composting bin

5) best practices for linking school gardens to core curriculum

6) review of  importance of school gardens and food security


Rationale:  Good Food For all Kids: A Garden at Every School in Kentucky!

The diet of Kentucky's youth needs to improve. Hunger, bad nutrition and obesity among children are leading causes of health risks and often contribute to poor classroom performance. By planting a garden at every school in Kentucky, we will ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from eating more fresh healthy foods. A well-planned edible schoolyard can supply a significant portion of a school's daily food needs. By cultivating a garden together, children learn vital skills in team work, problem solving, creative planning, and sustainable living. Garden-based classes are a great way to complement classroom education in many subjects including biology, botany, ecology, mathematics, nutrition, art, and writing. Most important, gardening is fun for kids! School gardens can dramatically enliven the learning process by giving students the ability to connect in a very experiential and hands-on way with the incredible living world unfolding all around them. For all of these reasons and many more, let's support the vision for a garden growing at every school in Kentucky!

Best Practices in School Gardens

School teachers, staff, students, volunteers and administrators across Kentucky are interested in establishing and sustaining instructional gardens. In April and June of  2009 two Gardening with Class: School Garden Workshops were held in Lexington that attracted 200+  teachers, parents and staff excited about establishing a school garden on their campus. Out of this workshop 40+ gardens were developed. Also in 2009 we organized the Kentucky School Gardens Network and the Bluegrass School and Community Garden Network to support, advocate for and facilitate school gardens efforts in  Kentucky.

During this workshop we will highlight the unique contributions of a variety of school garden programs to provide a landscape of ideas you can adapt to your school setting. Each school garden story will provide a glimpse into the ways garden programs can be structured and the myriad rich opportunities they offer. From them, we will see how instructional gardens support:

  • Kentucky Core Content Standard
  • Environmental Education
  • Cultural awareness and social interaction
  • Language arts, science, history, math, music
  • Service Learning
  • Culinary Arts
  • Community Partnerships
  • …and more

Schedule for Bluegrass Food Security Summit

8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome and Introductions



8:40 Looking at Kentucky’s Food Security

  • What is a Secure and Sustainable Food System?
  • Kentucky Agriculture, What Are We Growing and Where Are We Going?
  • Macro Trends For Kentucky Food Security: Food Imports, Food Exports, Hunger, Economic “Leakages”
  • Discussion

9:40 Participant Mini-Visioning for Kentucky’s Food Security

Developing a Vision for Kentucky’s Food System – what would be visionary yet realistic goals for enhancing Kentucky’s food system security in the next 10 years?

10:00 Break

Break out in 4 tracks

Friday March 19, 2010  School Garden Workshop    Seeker Room

10:15  KY Green and Healthy Schools- Integrating School Gardens

Carolyn Gilles, UK Tracy Farmer Institute, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator

  • Introductions of all participants and why we are here
  • Interview with Pete Clausing  re: yard as learning landscape

10:45 School Gardens...Updates, Best Practices from the Field

  • Serenity The, Woodford County High School
  • Amy Sither, Montessori Middle School of KY
  • David Wicks, KY School Garden Network

11:25 am School Gardens and CORE Curriculum

  • Josh Radner, Yates Elementary School

12:30 Lunch                                                                                                      

1:15 Reconvene in Seeker Room and participants will walk across the street to Pete Clausing’s House 1891 Bellefonte,to observe natural and learning  landscaping

1:30   School gardens and CORE Curriculum  continued

  • Josh Radner, Yates Elementary School

2:15   School and Community Support for School gardens

  • Ryan Koch, Seedleaf
  • Kelly Breeding, Fayette County Public Schools
  • Amanda Conley,  Agricultural Education Consultant/ FFA
  • Pete Cashel, Terrapin Hill Farm

2:50 Worm Composting Hands-on approach                 

  • Participant’s  will have an opportunity to build a worm composting bin 
  • Lesson plans and curriculum guides

3:30  Group discussion: building support within the school system, from the community, local and national grant resources. What local and state policies need to be created to support a garden in every school ? 

4:00 Wrap up of Summit  rejoin all four(4) track groups in Chalice Room

4:30 Adjourn

Purpose of the Workshop

 Who should attend?

This workshop is designed as a professional development activity for K-12  teachers. School staff, parents, volunteers and administrators will also find the workshop a valuable experience for supporting your school garden initiative. We invite everyone who wants to make a difference and work to create A Garden at Every School in Kentucky! Professional development certificates will be available at the workshop conclusion.


Included in the cost of the registration are two—dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday. The meals will also include as much locally produced food as possible. Feel free to bring your own bowl/plate and utensils for dinner/lunch.

 Sponsors Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Initiative, UK Tracy Farmer Center, Sustainable Communities Network, Kentucky School Garden Network, Bluegrass School and Community Garden Network, Terrapin Hill Farms, Central KY Council for Peace and Justice, Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community

 Questions/Information:  call (859)312-7024 or email


The Bluegrass Food Security Summit will take place in Lexington, Kentucky at the Crestwood Christian Church at 1182 Bellefonte Drive located off of Albany Rd,  between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Rds. , across the street from Glendover Elementary School.

Workshops Tracks click each track for details:

1)Food Security: Regional Approach and Food Policy Council,

2)Food Security: Youth Engagement; 

3)Food Security: School Gardens-" A Garden At Every School in Kentucky";

4 )Food Security:  Faith Community and Food

For Food Summit statement of purpose click here

For Food Summit agenda click here

Fees & Registration

The registration fee for the Friday March 19 Workshop is $45. The Thursday March 18 Recognition Dinner fee is $20. But no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are scholarship opportunities to cover the registration fee. You can apply by  completing the registration page and writing in “requesting a scholarship”.