In this seventh grade garden class, students review how the 4BEs can be applied in the garden (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be an Ally) and break into groups to work in the garden on different tasks.
The following is a list of considerations and strategies that have been effective for us in engaging our community. This is not comprehensive or exhaustive, but we hope it offers you some ideas for ways to engage your own communities.
The Edible Schoolyard uses Google Calendar for all scheduling and calendar needs. Below is our process and method for sharing important dates, volunteer schedules, and class times inter-organizationally as well as with our volunteers and external partners.
This resource provides the job descriptions for the staff at the Edible Schoolyard Project as of summer 2018. Also included below is our organizational chart and a grid showing the roles and responsibilities for staff members.
This resource shows how the Edible Schoolyard Project structures one-on-one between managers and employees. These meetings serve to get both people clear about task priorities, any concerns that may be present for the employee or supervisor, and what support might be provided.
The attached resource shows how the Edible Schoolyard Project structures our staff meetings. Each department holds weekly meetings, and following this format helps meetings be inclusive, efficient, productive, and energizing for staff.
This resource provides a sample agenda from an Edible Schoolyard Berkeley volunteer training. Attached below is the handbook that was given to each of our volunteers at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, as well as the end-of-year survey we give to volunteers.
In this lesson, students will learn one of many ways to preserve the fall harvest. They will learn appropriate ways to harvest herbs from the garden, how to safely handle garden tools, and two simple methods to preserve herbs for use throughout the winter and spring.
Many people are cautious when bringing bees into the schoolyard. This resource outlines the protocol for responding to a severe allergic reaction caused by a bee sting, as well as the letter we send to the school community to reassure folks and get them excited about having a hive on campus.