I joined this project’s team to execute an operations and organizational structure, develop a clear mission for the new and rapidly growing edible education program, manage the budget and help raise much-needed funds. I also defined roles, and organized volunteers, community members, farmers and large stakeholders such the local school district.
The Garden at Mill Road began in 2010 as a learning garden at Mill Road Elementary School in the Red Hook Central School District in rural Red Hook, NY. Along with the founding team, I guided and expanded the program’s scope to include a district-wide school lunch initiative, a cooking program, and the creation of a shared garden classroom for middle school and high-school students, which opened in the spring of 2016. This all district program, which is run by volunteers in partnership with the Red Hook Central School District is considered a model in the region. In addition, I established a partnership with Alice Waters’ renowned Edible Schoolyard Project.
With The Valley Gardener I create education plans and programs that engage students and inspire educators. I believe that all students grow through hands-on learning experiences in nature, and that an appreciation of our shared environment has a powerful, long-lasting impact. Working with schools, private organizations and public institutions to create edible, learning gardens and programs, I focus on Program Development, School and Community Partnerships, and Garden Design and Installation.
Alice Waters visits Mill Road Elementary School in Red Hook, NY (Red Hook Observer, 2014)
Planting Educational Seeds in Red Hook, NY (Chronogram, 2014)