Regional Support Models for Sustaining School Gardens
Presented by John Fisher, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Life Lab, 
with Park Guthrie, Garden Education Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District in California

Across the nation, foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens. These “Regional Support Models” work to provide funding, empower garden champions, build partnerships, and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability of school garden programs.  In our community’s next webinar, Life Lab’s Director of Programs and Partnerships, John Fisher, will share various ways that organizations across the nation have created a “culture” of school gardening in their region. From small district garden programs with four schools to larger organizations that network with over 100 schools, this presentation will share examples of how support organizations can sustain school gardens. John will be joined by Park Guthrie, Oakland Unified School District's Garden Education Specialist, who will share his work supporting 60+ gardens in his district. Through his work, Park has garnered a concise understanding of what it takes to make garden programs succeed and will share the ins and outs of overseeing multiple gardens. This webinar also will be a unique opportunity for school garden support organizations to network and share. Join John and Park on March 4th for ideas on how to institutionalize and sustain multiple garden projects in your region.

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