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During school

What we do

Our during-school program serves all students in grades PreK-5 weekly at our core elementary schools. The program supports curiosity, STEM learning, teamwork, and nutritional health. Each class works together to plan, plant, and tend its own garden throughout the year. The garden also serves as the inspiration for class projects and experiments, which are guided by students’ questions and interests. Lessons align with OK science standards, and our Garden Educators work with classroom teachers to enhance each school’s science curriculum. Students taste and cook with garden produce, and each class has at least one seed-to-plate experience each year.

Impact

When students eat food they have grown themselves, it supports healthy eating habits and nutrition in the years to come. It also brings the works they do in the classroom into the real world, showing them real-time applications of lessons learned. It gives students a more well-rounded education helping them succeed in life.

Extended Learning

What we do

At our five core sites, we offer free before- or after-school programming for 40 students in grades 3-6. Participants spend 3-4 hours weekly in the program, which is focused on student-led inquiry and empowerment. Students earn and cultivate their own gardens while also engaging in discussion, journaling, self-reflection, cooking, creative activities, and community projects. Students set group expectations and, when conflicts arise, use a “peace table” to resolve them respectfully. The program runs September – June, becoming more time-intensive after the school year ends.

Impact

This creates a sense of ownership and pride in their garden. Teachers and students spend more time together and focus on goal setting, self-expression, interpersonal skills, and community engagement. The community this program creates for children is as important as the knowledge for many of our students.

Summer Camp

What we do

Global Gardens conducts weeklong camps in June and July, including free STEM camps offered in partnership with the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance. Campers explore the garden ecosystem, complete building projects and experiments, harvest food, cook together, and learn about STEM-related careers. The camp curriculum fosters students’ understanding of the science behind gardening, their relationship to the garden and food cycle, and the kinds of communities that are present in and created by the garden.

Impact

With the focus placed on students developing an increased understanding of their relationship to the garden and food cycle, “campers” also learn how gardening creates community. The advantage of our summer camps is the opportunity for the campers to share their experiences and creations with their families for meals!

Family Food Farms

What we do

At three sites, Global Gardens operates free food farms for families and community members. Members meet weekly year-round to engage in organic gardening, cook healthy meals, spend peaceful family time, and build community. Each family receives its own garden plot, as well as seeds and starts, and families work together to cultivate shared plots. At each gathering, participants cook and share a plant-based meal featuring garden produce.

Impact

We believe real change can happen in the lives of students when they integrate what they learn at Global Gardens with their home lives. Familial bonds are strengthened when families work together for a common purpose. Global Gardens believes creating a garden together serves as the dual role of strengthening families and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Global Gardens Alliance

Our Global Gardens Alliance program offers smaller-scale versions of our during-school and out-of-school-time programs, as well as consultation, training and resources, to schools and other partners seeking support in using the garden for learning and enrichment. Alliance member sites receive customized assistance and pay an annual fee that is priced by the hour.

Allied schools purchase a suite of services at the Blossom or Bud level. Blossom Allies have a dedicated Garden Educator who works directly with students. Bud Allies receive consultation, support, and modeling for classroom teachers, who take ownership of the garden as a learning tool. Partners at both levels receive access to professional development and teacher resources.

 

Alliance membership is open to any school in the Tulsa area, depending on capacity. We currently have six Allied sites, and we are planning for growth. Fundraising support and matching assistance may be available for qualifying schools. For more information about becoming an Alliance partner during an upcoming school year…

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