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Gorge Grown hosts two school garden workshops

Gorge Grown Food Network is hosting two events this spring to support and celebrate regional school gardens.

The first, School Garden Training on April 22, is geared for teachers, garden volunteers, parents, and those interested in engaging with youth in school gardens. The workshops will include instruction and skill-sharing seminars on garden design and maintenance, forming a garden committee, fundraising, garden-based activities, addressing state standards through garden-based education, and more.


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Participants will walk away with lesson plans and templates for strategic planning. Hood River’s OSU Extension Office will host the event, where attendees can explore the demonstration orchard and garden. Instructors will include Heidi Schmidgall of Cascade Mountain School, Rachel Suits of the OSU Extension Office, and Sarah Sullivan, executive director of Gorge Grown Food Network. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire training and can choose to attend the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m., or both.

The next event, School Garden Symposium on May 17, provides the opportunity for middle and high school students to showcase their unique garden program. Students come together from around the Gorge to engage in hands-on activities and learn from each other outdoors in a day of garden-focused activities and demonstrations. This year, Corbett Arts Program with Spanish (CAPS) School in Corbett is hosting the symposium. CAPS students will lead visitors through a historical and garden-based experience of the Underground Railroad. Participants can also look forward to sessions on garden inspired art and mushroom propagation, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register for these free events, contact Allison Vandenberg-Daves at

Gorge Grown Food Network is seeking business and individual sponsors to support these free events.


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