Professional development workshops:

We offer a menu of professional development workshops often aligned with the DCPS Professional Development Days. All workshops are free for DCPS and Public Charter School teachers and Chesapeake region farm-based educators. You decide which ones are best for you! Agenda and RSVP form will be posted and sent out via the Trellis and FBE listservs 2-4 weeks before each workshop. Questions: contact

2017-2018 School Year Workshop Calendar:

September 22 School Garden 101 

October 21 Teacher Farm Field Trip to Pierce Mill and Orchard

February 16 School Food 201

April 27th Digging Deeper 

May 25th Cooking with Kids


June 15th Potomac Vegetable Farm Teacher Farm Field trip - rescheduled for fall 2018!

Workshop Descriptions: 

School Garden 101: For K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, school staff or volunteers looking to start up a new garden program or revitalize a dormant one. Learn about different kinds of program models and hear from local government agencies and non-profits about their programs designed to help you start a strong school garden program. Includes hands-on activities and a session on basic garden classroom management. Meet others in the field and leave with plenty ideas and curricular resources to get you started! 

School Food 201: For K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, volunteers, school staff looking for ways to support positive changes in the cafeteria. This workshop will feature presentations from food service vendors, city agencies and teachers that feature tried and true lessons, activities and programs designed to engage students in healthy eating and more deeply connect the cafeteria to the classroom.

Cooking with Kids: For K-8 classroom teachers and garden coordinators who teach cooking to students in a garden or classroom setting. Cooking education is the missing link in transforming the food system! Participants will learn ways to weave cooking into their garden or classroom curriculum and receive a cooking kit and curricular resources. Past presenters include City Blossoms, DC and Education Outside, CA, Common Threads.

Digging Deeper: For anyone running a school garden program looking to more deeply engage the school staff and community. The key to a fully integrated school food education program is engaging the whole school staff. Learn how to support your school staff in feeling comfortable and excited about using the garden as a teaching resource. Past presenters include Real School Gardens, TX and Lifelab, CA

Food Justice: For K-12 teachers or administrators looking to incorporate food justice into their existing curriculum. This workshop provides an overview of food justice and curricular resources. Presenters will model activities that can be used to educate students and staff. Past presenters include The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, MD and Shelburne Farms, VT

Teacher Farm Field Trip: For K-12 teachers interested in incorporating a farm field trip into their curriculum. Come see firsthand what a farm field trip experience can do for your students and get a behind the scenes look at the farm’s programming. Afterwards, participate in a discussion about learning extension over lunch. Past farms include Rocklands, MD, Common Good City Farm, DC, THEARC Farm, DC

Workshop for Farm-based Educators: Experts in the field of farm-based education (rural and urban) will co-present program models, model hands-on activities, provide curricular resources, Group discussions will allow participants to learn from their peers as they develop strong educational programs. Open to farm-based educators at all levels of program development. Previous presenters include Shelburne Farms, VT and Soulful City, DC.