Slow Food USA's School Garden Spring Break Conference - Participant Application
Friday April 1-Sunday April 3 in Charlotte, NC (with an opening dinner Thursday March 31).
Slow Food USA would like to invite Slow Food leaders from across the United States to convene and learn more about Slow Food USA’s approach to edible education, school gardens, and school food. In partnership with Slow Food Charlotte and Friendship Gardens, this “train-the-trainer” gathering will include a mix of hands-on workshops, mini-field trips, and classroom-style training through which we will provide information on Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program, our curriculum, projects, and models, and various partnerships to strengthen school garden programs. Our goal is to create local leaders who will train teachers and volunteers to be more effective in school gardens using Slow Food USA resources and partnerships.
Presenters will include Slow Food USA staff, Slow Food chapter leaders, local garden educators, and community partners, both national and local. Conference participants will engage in critical dialogue with fellow school garden practitioners from across the US and leave with tangibles such as printed copies of our curriculum and program guides, Chipotle Currency/Grow Books/Grow Kits, and a strategy for strengthening school gardens in their own community moving forward.
We invite local Slow Food chapter and community leaders to share this application with school garden leaders, teachers, and anyone else with relevant experience and motivation to apply for one of the participant spots.
And as part of this first ever Slow Food USA national school garden gathering, we will cover the following expenses:
1) 3 nights of double occupancy hotel lodging (check in Thursday March 31, check out Sunday April 3)
2) All meals and snacks
3) Conference-related transportation
4) Hard copies of Slow Food USA’s manuals and curriculum
We estimate that each leader may need up to $600 more to cover airfare and any personal expenses.
Anyone is able to apply for these spots, but we will be favoring leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to school gardens and/or previous classroom teaching experience. A chapter can nominate a particularly strong leader or teacher who has been a key member of their garden program.
We anticipate that we will receive more applicants than the number of available slots. This will most likely mean only one person per chapter/organization/geographic area. That being said, because the gathering based on the "Train the Trainer" model, we encourage you to think about who would be the best person from your organization or network to send who can then implement future trainings.
To apply, please fill out the application below. Upon receipt of the application, there will be a phone interview with NSGP Director, Andrew Nowak, or NSGP Manager, Lauren Howe.
The deadline to apply to attend the conference will be December 31st. We will conduct the phone interviews and make our decision after the New Year. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren at
City & State of Residence
Local Slow Food Chapter
Please list the school(s) you work with (name, city, state) and the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
If applicable, please list multiple.
Motivation and Experience
For how long have you been involved in Slow Food and in what capacity?
Please describe how you have been involved in school garden programs for your Slow Food chapter/in your community.
What other organizational affiliations would you like us to know about?
These may be your employer, a professional association, or a volunteer role that you believe is relevant to your desire to attend. Please list both the name of the organization and your role there.
How do you think you will benefit from attending the Spring Break Conference?
Since this gathering is being created around a “train-the-trainer” model, how will you take what you’ve learned to train others at home and share it with your school(s) or community?
Of the schools you work with, how many will you be able to "train" with Slow Food materials?
If we have space in the schedule, would you be interested in presenting a school garden project or program you are working on in your community or school? If so, please describe it here.
How did you hear about the School Garden Spring Break?
Check all that apply.
Slow Food USA School Garden website or email
Local Slow Food chapter communications
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
Word of mouth
Slow Food USA is committed to pursuing the goals of diversity and inclusion in our work. Your response here will assist us in assembling a participant cohort that is representative of the multiple stakeholders involved in school gardens and children's education around food. It will allow us to evaluate the organization's efficacy in attracting diverse applicants. These responses are confidential, and your choice to answer them (or not) will not have an impact on the consideration of you application.
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