2018 Schoolyard Garden Conference: 2nd Annual Problem Solving Showcase Call for Proposals!
2018 Schoolyard Gardens Conference: Establishing Roots
Friday, March 2, 2018
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN


School gardens provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for students to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, learn about agriculture and healthy eating, and connect with natural systems. Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, join us in March and to learn innovative strategies for building, sustaining, and engaging everyone in a thriving schoolyard garden.

The 2018 Schoolyard Garden Conference Planning Committee is currently looking for 10-12 school programs to participate in the second Innovative Problem Solving Showcase. This year's winner will receive the Innovative Garden Award Plaque, promotion from the Schoolyard Garden Conference Web site & eBlasts, and a chance to speak at the 2019 Schoolyard Garden Conference. If you are interested or know a program that would like to participate, please fill out the form below with the name, organization, a short abstract about your problem that was solved and the committee will be in touch!

Schoolyard gardens often present unlimited learning and healthy opportunities, however, barriers and problems are always a part of the gardening equation. This year, we are proud to present this second annual exhibitor showcase which highlights a collection of selected programs that have solved a problem by creating an innovative solution. They will share their findings and resources in the Showcase, and be eligible to win the second annual "Minnesota Innovator Award". They are also allowed to bring one student to present their exciting work. The range of issues solved could include no water on site, summer months, rabbits, funding, partnerships etc. Come share with us the problems that you have creatively solved!

2017 Minnesota Innovative Garden Award Winner: Kara Wattunen
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