October 19, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
N E W S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release: October 19, 2015
Contact: Whitney Bouma, Director of Education and Outreach
Community Gardeners Invited to Public Garden Discussion
DES MOINES, Iowa (October 19, 2015) –
A coalition of gardening enthusiasts, in cooperation with the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit program, a grant project funded through the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, will host a morning workshop Nov. 14 to explore community gardens. The workshop will explore opportunities that exist for community gardens, and provide an opportunity for gardeners to give feedback on community garden efforts and educational programs that are needed to support Iowa gardeners.
ThisFREE event is Nov. 14 from 8:30-11:00 a.m.at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This public workshop will bring together a wide range of individuals and organizations engaged in community and school gardens in central Iowa that provide educational programming for gardeners. The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn from each other about the opportunities, needs and gaps that currently exist in the gardening community.
A panel of speakers representing different areas of community gardens is scheduled to address topics such as: community garden types, how to establish community gardens, garden management styles and roles, as well as successes and challenges.
“There is a lot of great work happening around community gardening in Iowa and we are excited to offer this event as a way to learn from community garden experts and raise awareness about all that is happening,” said Whitney Bouma, director of education and outreach at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. “Education is a key ingredient in growing great gardens and we have an opportunity to create additional resources to our community, and this discussion provides an excellent forum to learn about the needs that exist from community members.”
The goal for the discussion is to have a cooperative learning environment, where attendees can learn from the panel of experts and our team can learn from attendees on the educational programs and resources they would like to have available.
Breakout sessions will follow the panel with a brief discussion and survey for workshop participants at the conclusion. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other gardeners, community organizations and resources at informational booths during the event.
“There are growing opportunities for outdoor learning through school and community gardens in the metro,” said Martha McCormick, Next Step Adventure. “I’m excited to hear from other community gardeners. Our goal is to have a give-and-take discussion, learn about the needs of gardeners from all over, and get an idea of how to support the urban gardening movement.”
Partners for the event include: A Garden for Every School, Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit (Community Design Lab, ISU Extension and Outreach and Leopold Center), City of Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa Lutheran Services, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Forest Avenue Outreach, Faith and Grace Garden, and Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Teachers Going Green.
Although the workshop is free, registration is required to gather program interests and count for a light breakfast. The registration deadline is Nov. 6. To register or learn more about the Public Garden Discussion, visit http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/events-programs/calendar-events/181-public-garden-discussion-calling-all-community-gardeners/
Media questions or others can be directed to Courtney Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, 14-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Guided byamission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, the Botanical Garden cultivates a signature guest experience through progressive garden design and innovative programming. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution.