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Grow It Know It (GIKI) is a highly successful school garden training program that has been running since summer of 2018. Made up of a team of education & horticulture professionals, the GIKI team leads groups of educators each summer to plan successful, sustainable school garden programs. Open to groups of teachers regardless of their prior school garden experience.

Summer 2024 Training

Professional development for educators utilizing school gardens

Your school garden team is invited to experience three days of hands-on learning centered around gardening, cooking, and developing a sustainable plan for your school garden program. We will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage a school garden, cook in the classroom, and use the garden to enhance student learning and engagement. 

This training is designed for P-12 educators. All subject areas and grade levels are welcome. The only requirement is that you have, or plan to have, a garden at your school, and want to utilize the garden as a teaching tool. 

This professional development opportunity is designed and taught by a team of UGA faculty and staff. 

When: June 10 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: UGArden, a student community farm – 2510 S. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605

Training topics include:

  • Gardening skills for school gardens
  • Cooking with K-12 students
  • Identifying community assets
  • Connecting it all to your curriculum

Registration:

The registration fee covers materials for hands-on activities, ingredients for lunch, hand-outs, and an awesome t-shirt. We will also provide a light breakfast, coffee and tea. Participants will be responsible for lodging and dinner. 

School gardens work best in schools with a team that manages the garden program. We offer a discount to schools attending as a team. 

Registration is open March 11 through April 18. You can pay via credit card through registration, or select that your school system will send a check (due April 26). There are only 25 spaces available in this training, so applying early is encouraged. We only have space for 5 agriculture education teachers.

Team Registration: $75/team member
Individual Registration: $100

If your school will pay by check, it can be sent to:

Grow It Know It Teacher Training
UGA Office of Service-Learning
1242 ½  S. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA 30605

We realize that every school system has a different policy for payment or reimbursement for professional development. If your bookkeeper has questions, please direct them to call Andie Bisceglia (UGA Office of Service-Learning) at 706-542-0891 or e-mail her at abiscegl@uga.edu.

Lodging Recommendations:

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel
1197 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30602
(706) 548-1311

Hampton Inn Athens
2220 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606
(706) 548-9600

Hilton Garden Inn
390 E Washington St, Athens, GA 30601
(706) 353-6800

Information about other hotels in Athens, GA and near the University of Georgia campus can be found here: https://www.visitathensga.com/hotels/.

For more information about this event, contact GIKI@uga.edu or call (706)-542-0891.

Participant Testimonials:

  • “I learned so much! My confidence has increased based on the information that I learned in the workshop.”
  • “Awesome resources presented in this training!”
  • “Through this workshop I was able to have a clearer understanding of what I need to get done and prioritize my goals so that I don’t get overwhelmed as a first year teacher.”
  • “Thank you for all of the time, energy and enthusiasm that you put into this training!”
  • “Love, love, love y’all! Thank you for igniting a passion I didn’t know I had!”
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