October 22, 9am–3:30pmWhere
Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
A school garden can provide students access to a green space to relax and learn more about nature.
Research shows that school gardens can also support and encourage healthy eating as a key factor of childrens’ physical well-being, which can aid their social and academic success.
The conference is hosted by OSU Extension 4-H personnel. Ohio 4-H, the youth development arm of OSU Extension, offers 4-H programs to youth in all 88 of Ohio’s counties. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
The conference provides both a networking opportunity and a chance to learn from others who are actively engaged in school gardening and/or provide expertise and education to those who do.
The conference is open to teachers, educational administrators, after-school staff, government employees, nonprofit personnel, interested community members, and others who want to start, maintain, or support a school garden.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Bruce McPheron, professor of entomology and dean’s chair of CFAES International Programs. Session topics include the following, among others:
- School garden stories from teachers to administrators
- School gardening and autism
- Season extension
- Herbal gardens
- Plant diseases
- How to start a school garden
- French immersion garden during a pandemic
Registration is $55, which includes a boxed breakfast and lunch and all materials. Online registration is at go.osu.edu/sgc2021. The deadline to register is Oct. 15, and registration fees cannot be refunded after that time.
For more information on the conference, contact Sue Hogan at [email protected].