The Valley Gardener

Educattricia_final_resizedion COnsultant, 2012-present

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.

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pettingcabbage_webAlice Waters visits Mill Road Elementary School in Red Hook, NY (Red Hook Observer, 2014)

Planting Educational Seeds in Red Hook, NY (Chronogram, 2014)