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  TEKS  standards and to be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for both the teachers and students:

"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

Saturday, April 1  9AM-12PM*
Saturday, April 8  9AM-12PM
Saturday, May 13   9AM-12PM
 
Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, 1101 Taft St., Houston, TX 77019
*Alt. Location: Durham ES, 4803 Brinkman St. Houston, TX 77018 
 
"Everything was great! Learned so much!"  "Getting down and dirty in the garden!"

          – Teacher Participants

FEATURED SCHOOL GARDENS
UHI Teaching Garden at Gregory-Lincoln Educ. Center

Volunteer times for the Urban Harvest Teaching Garden:

When: September–May 2017
Every Tuesday, 8
10am 

SUMMER: June and July 2017
Every Thursday, 9am-12pm
Exept: Thursday, June 22nd,  moved to Tuesdya, June 20th. 

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. Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, 1101 Taft St. 

To volunteer with groups of five or more, please email us or call 713.880.5540.