Volunteers through the School Garden Cultivator program work with students, schools and local communities to cultivate gardeners, grow food and nourish community. Volunteers accomplish this by providing support to the Garden to Cafeteria, Youth Farm Stand and Healthy Seedlings programs throughout diverse communities in Metro Denver.
The broad goals of the School Garden Cultivator program are to:
- Provide experiential learning opportunities for student inquiry and investigation into academics learned in the classroom
- Increase students’ nutrition and gardening knowledge
- Increase students’ positive attitudes about healthy eating and gardening
- Encourage students’ participation in and bonding to their community and their peers
In exchange for the instruction, participants pay a $55 materials fee, and are required to complete 30 hours of volunteering. This course has a limit of 15 participants and is open to individuals who demonstrate involvement and/or interest in educating youth in garden and/or classroom settings. Participants must be able to commit to attend all classes, complete a fingerprint background check, and complete 30 volunteer hours.
Participants are required to contribute 30 hours of GiveBack hours utilizing their new skills in school gardens. A maximum of 10 hours may be done in a non-DUG school-based community garden. A minimum of 20 hours must be done in schools that have a DUG school-based community garden. DUG staff will provide volunteer opportunities and additional guidance, but this aspect is self-directed. GiveBack hours must be approved before completed. Participants must fulfill 30 GiveBack hours by August 2019.
The application period is currently closed and will reopen in the spring of 2019.
We’d like to thank the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and the Peternell Family Foundation for their generous support of the School Garden Cultivator program.