Anyone working at the intersection of urban farming and education will want to attend the City Growers’ Education Conference, happening this Saturday, February 11, at P.S. 20. The all-day conference will be chock-full of learning experiences, from workshops to a keynote speech by Brooklyn borough president Eric L. Adams.
The workshops range in subject from incorporating a garden into in a school’s culture, to children’s literature in the garden, to the business of school lunch, to sustainable cooking for families and kids.
“The event is designed to bring together educators, policy makers and funders to celebrate, collaborate and share knowledge about farming and gardening education in New York City, a rapidly growing area of programming and experiential curriculum seeding itself in schools across New York City,” says Anastasia Cole Plakias, vice president and founding partner of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. She’ll be moderating the closing panel, “Greening and Growing Educational Spaces: Learning & Indoor Growing. “Last year’s conference was an incredible success, bringing together over 330 educators from across New York City, Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer as keynote speaker, and 42 presenters with workshops from ‘Growing Rice in New York City’ to ‘Natural Dyes’ to ‘Beekeeping,'” she notes.
In addition to all of the learning experiences, there will be a tabling session where you can find out more about various sustainable businesses. If you’ve been eager to bring a garden or farming experience to students, this conference is a must—and at only $15 a ticket, it’s not going to break the bank either. Register for your spot on the conference website.