School Garden Cultivator

The School Garden Cultivator program is a six-week “train the trainer” course designed to educate community volunteers in all aspects of working with youth to foster gardening skills and to promote healthy eating (see the 2018 training schedule here!). This hands-on program teaches participants the skills they need to develop and implement youth education programs. Participants will receive 12 hours of instruction covering how to work with and in a school; what are common classes/topics that are of interest and how to teach those topics; how to start a youth garden program, including how to recruit students, how to engage the school and best practices for each program.

The broad goals of the School Garden Cultivator program are to:

  • Reinforce the connection between the garden and the classroom;
  • Strengthen social networks in the school community;
  • Increase use of school gardens year-round;
  • Assist teachers with garden and nutrition lessons.

Class Requirements
In exchange for the instruction, participants pay a $55 materials fee, and are required to complete 30 hours of volunteering. Participants will have one school year (August 2018 through August 2019) to complete their give-back hours. 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. Limited scholarships are available to cover the materials fee for qualified applicants. Participants must be able to commit to attend all classes, complete a fingerprint background check, and complete 30 volunteer hours.

School Garden Cultivator classes will be held at The Horse Barn, at 1031 33rd Street in Denver.

GiveBack 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 gardens. 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.

In exchange for the training, participants will pay a $55 materials fee and will be required to return 30 hours of GiveBack. Please bring payment to the first class and make checks payable to Denver Urban Gardens.

Limited full and partial scholarships are available for low-income households. To request a scholarship, please submit a letter explaining why you should be considered for a scholarship with your completed application.

Application Deadline
The application period for the 2018 program is coming soon!

If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the form below.

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.