TEACHER AND INFORMAL EDUCATOR WORKSHOP – Jan 25, 2015

TEACHER AND INFORMAL EDUCATOR WORKSHOP – Jan 25, 2015

logoStart off the New Year by engaging in School Gardening!  Green Teacher Network’s quarterly workshops provide a unique opportunity to learn new skills and receive professional development credit.

The upcoming workshop on Monday, January 25, 2016 is hosted in partnership with Whole Foods, one of the leaders of our three unique break-out sessions.

Myers Park High School was chosen as the location for this workshop in order to engage its Horticulture and Culinary Teams – both utilizing the school’s garden.

BREAKOUT SESSION #1 – HYDROPONICS AND AQUAPONICS

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The Myers Park –Mustang Project raised funds to develop the Aquaponics system, led by horticulture teacher Roderica Worrell and Sam Fleming from 100Gardens.  Hydroponics is growing plants without soil and Aquaponics is combines raising fish with hydroponics to establish a closed loop system – where fish “poop” provides fertilizer for the plants and the plants “filter” the water for the fish.  Learn more about both systems from the experts at this session.

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BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – FALL GARDEN TASTINGS & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRACTICES

Whole Foods will be sharing their culinary expertise and unique business model, including how they track their fresh produce back to the individual farmer. You won’t want to miss the tips and flavors of this session!

BREAKOUT SESSION #3 – NATIVE PLANT POLLINATOR GARDENS012516a

Thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, Green Teacher Network will be coordinating the planting of 50 Native Plant Pollinator Gardens on April 15, 2015.  These gardens will be constructed with the help of 100 corporate volunteers from companies like Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America and Piedmont Natural Gas.  To qualify, schools must have attended at least one of the Green Teacher Network workshops over the past 2.5 years.  This is the last workshop that will qualify a school.  This session will provide an overview of what to expect come April 15, 2016.  The session is led by GTN Outdoor Learning Coordinator Leah Hindel.

Workshops over the past two years have reached over 750 teachers and informal educators.  The location changes each quarter, as do the breakout sessions.   Sessions are designed based on the evaluations and requests from area teachers.

The cost is just $15 – Register online now at www.gtnCharlotte.org/events

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Edna Chirico

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