A strong supporter of school gardens CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura visits a school in Santa Monica, California, where the students and their instructors use their school garden as both a teaching and a learning tool. The CDFA has its own video page and kids page.
Garden instructor Jane Forbes of Westlake K-5 in Santa Cruz, CA teaches 2nd graders about compost. This 13 minute video is created from a 45 minute lesson of children learning about decomposition by sifting composting and exploring the garden.
Garden Teacher Caprice Potter leads 4th graders in potting up "cut and come salad bowls" for Gateway's School Garden Plant Sale. Visit the Gateway school garden blog to learn more about year round teaching at the Gateway garden
Hear from three Life Lab Garden Instructors and one 3rd Grade Teacher on how they generate and share their school garden rules. Download the Effective Outdoor Management in School Gardens handout.
Jane Forbes Garden Teacher since 2002 talks about discipline in the garden, encouraging exploration, group management techniques and more.
3rd Grade Teacher Colleen Riggen of Mar Vista Elementary talks about enlisting the help of parent volunteers, managing a whole class in the garden at once, her school's gardening tradition and more.
Since 1987 Caprice Potter has been the Garden Teacher at Gateway K-8. This interview distills her 20 plus years of experience in to a 14 minute video. Well that might be a stretch but she does have some great tips to share on getting kids involved in the garden, year round crop planning, maintaining the garden and much more.
Garden Instructor Susan Dahlgren leads first graders in a garden scavenger hunt. This 7 minute video highlights a 20 minute lesson at Gault K-5 School Garden in Santa Cruz, CA.
Caprice Potter has been a garden teacher since 1987 at Gateway K-8 in Santa Cruz, CA. This 13 minute video highlights a 40 minute flower anatomy lesson taught in the spring of 2008. Visit the Gateway Life Lab Garden blog to learn more what's being taught in the garden.
This section of VictoryGrower provides information about successful historical gardening efforts that have made a real difference in American life, including Liberty and Victory Garden programs, the US School Gardening Army, etc.
On the following page you can find examples of current public policies that are successfully promoting school, home, or community garden efforts across the United States. It includes The California School Garden Story PowerPoint Presentation, a historical look at GBL in California as well as a summary of CA Assembly Bill 1535 http://groups.ucanr.org/victorygrower/Whats_New_Public_Policies_that_Work_/The_California_School_Garden_Story.htm
Edna Maguire School Garden (Mill Valley, CA) has a garden video page of the following:
A 2008 Lady Bug Release Celebration.
Giving Tree Planting Day at the Children's Garden, on January 19, 2008.
This is a great 6 minute overview of their garden program featured on the TV show "Everyday Angels"
Everyday Angels - Childrens Garden from Edna Maguire on Vimeo.
Fruit Tree Tour episode of the show Natural Heroes won an emmy. The award-winning show was based on the DVD Planting the Vision. The special episode aired on PBS across the nation. This award is a huge tribute to programs like Natural Heroes and the featured groups that are working for positive change. Common Vision hopes many more people will see the show and be inspired to plant a tree in their community!
View more multimedia at the Common Vision Blog
Watch a 6-minute trailer for the DVD "Planting the Vision" below.