in-school-workshops

City Growers’ in-school workshops offer educational experiences for schools looking to deepen students’ understanding about agriculture, food, and the urban environment…all year long!

City Growers is proud to offer programming aligned with the highest standards of learning. Click here for a look at how our in-school workshops fit with the 2015-2016 NYC Science Scope and Sequence for grades K-5.

WINTER - Farmer-in-the-Classroom

Just because its winter doesn’t mean the hands-on learning ends! Let one of our Farmer-Educators stir imaginations through hands-on learning for the whole grade:

Compost in the Classroom
PreK-5, November – March, 60m.
Starts at $440/day; Minimum 3 classes*

In this workshop, students gain a deeper understanding of ecosystems, habitats, and the food chain through the fascinating microcosm of the red-wiggler worm’s world. Students will build a worm composting bin right in the classroom, learn how to maintain the bin, and why it’s important (and fun!) for sustainable practices to be a part of all of our lives. How much food can ½ lb. of worms eat in 1 week? Let’s find out!

Honey Bee Education
PreK-5, November – March, 60m.
Starts at $425/day; Minimum 3 classes*

The honey bee plays an important role in agriculture, and it’s health is indicative of the health of our environment. In this workshop, students will explore the intricate world of the honey bee super-organism, and engage in active learning all about pollination. And of course, no honey bee workshop is complete without a honey tasting, straight from the City Growers hive.

SPRING - Farmer-in-the-Garden

Have a school garden but not sure how to utilize it? Our Farmer-Educators will asses your site, design a seasonal educational plan alongside your staff, and facilitate garden workshops for PreK – 5th grade classes. Together, we can help you make the most of your school garden’s learning potential!

School Garden Consultation:
A City Growers Farmer-Educator will visit your school garden site to meet with staff and assess the school garden. The team will collaborate to determine how many garden workshops will take place, the focus of the workshops, and highlight cross-curricular tie-ins.

Spring Workshop 1: It All Starts with a Seed
Focus: Seeds
In this workshop students explore all about seeds. Activities center around germination, parts of a seed, and the life cycle of a plant. All hands will plant seeds in this seasonal workshop designed to draw the connection between seeds and life!

Spring Workshop 2: Soil-to-Soil
Focus: Compost
In this workshop students explore compost and its role in reducing waste in our food system! Activities center around what can be composted, how red wiggler worms play an important role in processing compost, how compost helps farmers grow strong, nutrient-rich food, and why it’s important to divert trash from our landfills. All hands apply fresh compost to the base of spring plants.
Optional: set-up and maintain a worm bin at your school! +$30

Spring Workshop 3: H2O
Focus: NYC Watershed
In this workshops students explore water as a natural resource and a vital component of life on Earth.. Activities center around the needs of all plant-life, the sources of our water, and the importance of protecting those sources. All hands design a water-flow system and water the school garden.

Spring Workshop 4: Pollinator Pathways
Focus: Honey bees & other pollinators
In this workshop students explore pollinators’ role in the garden. Activities center around identifying different pollinators in the garden, exploring the world of honeybees, and the important role of pollination in our food system. All hands seed pollinator-friendly plants and taste honey. (Activities vary by season)

Spring Workshop 5: Harvest Celebration
Focus: Reflection & Harvest
In this workshop students reflect on the important role of seeds, compost, and pollinators in our food system. Activities will include fun farewells, interactive games, and celebrating our good work. All hands prepare and share a small salad from the garden.

SUMMER & FALL - Farmer-in-the-Harvest-Garden

Don’t let the summer and fall bounty’s learning potential go to waste! Our Farmer-Educators will asses your site, design a seasonal educational plan alongside your staff, and facilitate workshops in school and community gardens for groups aged PreK – 5th grade. Together, we can help you reap the benefits of the mid- and late-season harvests!

School Garden Consultation:
A City Growers Farmer-Educator will visit your school garden site to meet with staff and assess the school garden. The team will collaborate to determine how many garden workshops will take place, the focus of the workshops, and highlight cross-curricular tie-ins.

Summer/Fall Workshop 1: Seed-to-Seed
Focus: Plant Life-Cycles
In this workshop students explore all about seeds. Activities center around seed-saving, seed dispersal, seeds we eat and seeds we rarely get to see (think carrots!). All hands will collect seeds from mature plants in this seasonal workshop designed to draw the connection between seeds and life!

Summer/Fall Workshop 2: Black Gold
Focus: Compost
In this workshop students explore compost through the lens of our very good friends, the red wiggler worm! Activities center around what can be composted, how red wiggler worms play an important role in processing compost, how to build a worm bin, the role of compost in “feeding” our plants and the importance of composting to reduce food waste. All hands apply fresh compost to the base of fruiting plants.
Optional: set-up and maintain a worm bin at your school! +$30

Summer/Fall Workshop 3: Roots to Fruits
Focus: Plant Parts
In this workshops students explore all the part of plants. Activities center around plant part functions, the many different vegetable plant parts we eat, and the growth and life-cycle of edible plants. All hands transplant starts into the garden beds (if space allows).

Summer/Fall Workshop 4: Pollinator Pathways
Focus: Honey bees & other pollinators
In this workshop students explore pollinators’ role in the garden. Activities center around identifying different pollinators in the garden, exploring the world of honeybees, and comprehension of the important role of pollination in our food system. All hands seed pollinator-friendly plants and taste honey. (Activities vary by season)

Summer/Fall Workshop 5: Harvest Celebration
Focus: Reflection & Harvest
In this workshop students reflect on the important role of seeds, compost, and pollinators in our food system. Activities will include fun farewells and interactive games. All hands prepare and share a small salad from the garden.

For more information or to schedule in-school workshops for your school, email info@citygrowers.org.