The CGN process involves providing an agreed upon number of hours of core services and follow-up to schools and youth organizations including: orientations and in-service and professional development programs for teachers, staff, the PTO, parents, community members, students and others who will participate in starting or expanding garden education programs.
The CGN can deliver up to five learning tracks, the number, duration and location of which will be determined by agreement in consultation with the school, the community and the funding source. Each track provides core training in critical areas to form the structure for a successful and sustainable garden education program and will include:
Track 1. Garden site assessments and feasibility studies to identify assets, needs and challenges
Track 2. Year-round Garden Planning and Program Organization, Team Building, Staff and Volunteer recruitment, Budgets and Fundraising, Resource Identification and allocation
Track 3. Teaching Schoolyard Garden Design to Students
Track 4. Environmental Education - Creating a Field Guide to the School's Ecology & Environment
Track 5. Green Thumbs 101: Basic Horticultural Skills