This training is pending MA training approval. ERAFANS will provide a professional development certificate at the conclusion of the event. Please dress for the weather, as at least 50% of this event will take place outdoors, and don't forget your canteen!
Keynote: Mary Cowhey
School to Farm to Community: A Journey Towards Teaching Critically and Sustainably, with Equity and Diversity in Mind
Mary Cowhey describes her teaching journey with young children and their families, intertwined with community organizing. She describes projects that braid partnerships between teachers, parents, students, local farmers, public health advocates and a variety of community organizations to tackle issues of race, class and access to healthy food. These include bringing students and families into the school garden, into community gardens on onto local farms, out to farmers markets and then bringing mobile markets and subsidized farm shares into neighborhoods and the school. Mary Cowhey shares lessons learned through years of community organizing: building relationships, listening to families to identify needs and brainstorm solutions, learning from success and challenge, developing community leaders, exploring power and privilege, and tapping into the wisdom and experience of families.
More workshop highlights include sessions from Pathways to Nature Preschool, Drumlin Farm Community Preschool, Pollywogs Nature Playschool, Sassafras Earth Education, and the Mission Hill School. Complete schedule coming soon!