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2004 Green School Grounds Conference
October 8 & 9, 2004
Photographs from the Conference!
Saturday, October 9, 2004
Workshops held at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco
The workshops on Saturday, October 9, 2004 were held at three different schools in different parts of San Francisco. Please click the links below to see the photographs from each workshop held at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.
Bamboo Shade Structure (AM & PM)
Instructor: Darrel DeBoer, DeBoer Architects
This workshop helped participants to learn about bamboo construction techniques while they helped to build a small shade structure for the host school out of this locally grown, renewable resource.
Instructor: Jackson Porretta, Oakland Leaf Foundation
This workshop helped participants to learn about an earth-based construction technique called cob. Cob is a blend of sand, clay, and straw that is typically mixed together using a "high tech" foot-stomping method (as shown below), and then applied to the growing form by hand. This workshop included project design and construction techniques, as well as tips for cooking with outdoor ovens on school grounds.
Workshop C: Gardening 101
This workshop taught participants the basics of organic gardening, design, maintenance, and composting. It also discussed methods of working with children outdoors, and how to get school buy-in. At the end of the workshop, participants got their hands dirty adding some cool weather edible plants to four new wine barrel planters in the schoolyard. Two of the planters are shown below.
Workshop D: Solar Schoolhouse: Hands-on Education Energized by the Sun
This workshop helped participants to learn how to put the sun to use in their schoolyard by teaching them hands-on solar curricula that can be used to create human sundials, solar box cookers, mini-solar cells, and many other sun-powered lessons.
Workshop E: Groceries from the Garden
Instructors: Claire Beyer and Kari Rodenkirchen, The Watershed Project
This workshop encouraged educators to show their students the pleasures of growing, harvesting, preparing, and tasting garden-grown plants. Groceries from the Garden presented easy recipes to complete in the classroom, as well as tips and resources for cooking with students. The workshop emphasized the benefits of local organic food production, with recipes incorporating pollution prevention, nutrition, and waste reduction themes. The workshop participants received seeds, recipes, and lesson plans so that they could try some of what they learned at their own schools. Topics covered included tea plants, no-cook recipes, taste testing, and evaluation of healthy lunch choices for children. Curriculum correlations were made in other subjects, including nutrition, math, and social studies.
Moderator: Irene Yen
Workshop attendees participated in a discussion with a panel of experts on children's health and nutrition issues as they relate to school grounds. Topics covered included range of ideas from nutrition-based school gardens to how to avoid schoolyard health hazards (such as things that trigger asthma).
Susan Zieleniewicz, the Bay Area Region 5 a Day-Power Play! Coordinator, of the University of California Cooperative Extension, highlighted Power Play! and UCCE nutrition education curriculum, materials and resources available for schools and community youth organizations. In her presentation, she discussed different topics such as childhood obesity and food industry marketing to children.
The photographs above show the Children's Health Forum group listening to speakers Mark Elkin (left) and Matt Tsang (right).
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