Principles and Practices of Garden Education: Serving Latina/o/x Students and Communities

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Principles and Practices of Garden Education: Serving Latina/o/x Students and Communities

By KidsGardening

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, this webinar will address how to engage students and communities using gardens as regenerative spaces. The presenters have a wide range of experiences with garden education. They will share the principles and practices of garden education with a focus on pedagogy and partnerships to successfully serve Latina/o/x students and their communities.

The  recording will be available here on Crowdcast indefinitely for anyone registered for the event.

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Dilafruz Williams, Ph.D. - Dilafruz is Professor of Leadership for Sustainability Education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.. With dozens of partners, she has designed, co-founded, and supported several cutting-edge initiatives, such as: Learning Gardens Laboratory, Leadership for Sustainability Education master’s program, Sunnyside Environmental School, and an NSF-funded project, Science in the Learning Gardens: Factors that Support Ethnic and Racial Minority Students in Low-Income Schools.
A prolific scholar, Dr. Williams has authored over 70 chapters, journal articles, and curriculum resource guides and has given close to 200 invited lectures, symposia, and conference papers. Her research has focused extensively on garden-based education, environmental education, place-based education, urban education, and service learning. Her co-authored book, Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life (Routledge, 2012), presents a practical model of student engagement with gardens, that serve as milieus for learning. She is also co-editor of Ecological Education in Action: On Weaving Education, Culture, and the Environment (SUNY, 1999).

For her research, curriculum, instruction, and projects see and

Judit Camacho, M.A. - Judit's experience with nonprofits extends over 20 years. She served two terms as the Executive Director for SACNAS- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science whose mission is to diversify science nationwide. In between these times, she was invited to work at the National Institutes of Health to develop research programs for underrepresented communities. And most recently, she supported nonprofits in Mexico, Colombia and the US with strategic planning and fund development.

She holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of California Santa Cruz, graduate coursework in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a master degree in Ontological Coaching from the Universidad San Sebastian in Santiago, Chile.

Daniel Barrera Ortega - Daniel is a garden educator in the DC Metro Area. Having graduated with a degree in Plant Genetics but realizing he could not tell you anything about growing food, he sought more hands-on experience by helping in a youth garden education program in Gainesville, Florida. This sent him down a rabbit hole exploring the intersection of classroom education, cooking, and gardening. When not prepping for his next lesson, he can be found doing swing-outs in the ballroom, performing improv comedy, or baking at home. Daniel serves on the School Garden Support Organization’s governance board and has collaborated closely on the popular Teaching in Nature’s Classroom online course and curriculum.


Em Shipman, KidsGardening Executive Director

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