Our Services and Programs
"Starting a Community or School Garden" Workshop
If your project is just starting or is at the idea stage, this is the ideal time to have members of your committee sign up for this comprehensive workshop. Visit the Classes Calendar page to see upcoming workshop dates.
Visiting Garden Educator:
Teachers & Youth Gardening Year ‘Round
Urban Harvest Youth Education offers a Visiting Garden Educator Program to provide ongoing training and support to classroom teachers. The aim of the program is to develop sustainability and to enhance school-wide usage of the school community garden.
The Garden Educator also serves as a mentor to the classroom teachers and collaborates with them to model and demonstrate how to optimally utilize the school garden. Email: Youth Education for more info in how your school can partner with us! Past participants found the program to be a great tool for integrating
"Our class enjoyed the program so much. We had a planting lesson, and planted bush beans. They were a phenomenal success! We watched the plants grow from two leafed plants to multi-leaf, flower, and then make the "fruit", the beans. We harvested and then counted all the beans into sets of 10. We had enough . . . to send home beans for every child"
– Kindergarten Teacher
After-School Gardening Program
Classes held during the After School Program are led by a UHI Garden Educator who conducts hands-on lessons in lifeskills and core subjects while helping students have fun "playing in the dirt."
School gardens may include vegetable, herb, fruit and habitat gardens. We work with schools that currently have gardens, as well as those who wish to plant new ones. With planning, the garden can be used throughout the school day by teachers as well as during the After School Program. Email Youth Edcuation for more info.
"I never liked salad before, but I liked the one we made in class with lettuce we grew from our garden!"
– Adam, 2nd grader
"Science becomes real for them in the garden."
– Classroom Teacher
Fresh Start Program: Gardening 101 for
Teaching in the Outdoor Classrom Workshops.
The Fresh Start program addresses food insecurity by revitalizing existing gardens. This year, Fresh Start is focusing on providing resources for school gardens and utilizing the outdoor spaces to engage the community and teach basic organic gardening and nutrition education. Teachers, students, parents & community volunteers are welcome! Teachers earn 3 CPE hours per workshop. Space is limited. To register, email Beatrice Brown. Cost: FREE
– Teacher Participants
Volunteer times for the Urban Harvest Teaching Garden
Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00am at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center 1101 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019
This is a great volunteer activity for parents and their school-age children, teens looking for community service hours & neighbors who want to improve their "hands on" gardening skill! Activities include cultivating, planting & harvesting. Individual volunteers are welcome to show up during hours listed.
Please wear closed toe shoes, long pants, hat and bring a reusable water bottle.
To volunteer with groups of five or more, please email our volunteer coordinator or call 713.880.5540.