Workshops & Courses

Growing Minds: Garden-Based Learning from the Ground Up!

Dates: July 23-26, 2018 Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm  Cost: $175  

Credit: 1-2 semester units of graduate credit available at additional cost of $70 per credit.

Instructors: Ginny Hughes, Education Director at Community GroundWorks & Sarah Karlson, Community GroundWorks' Farmer-in-Residence at Badger Rock Middle School

Location: Community GroundWorks' Troy Kids' Garden - 502  Troy Drive, Madison. Map 

Course Description: Join us for this dynamic professional development course for K-12 teachers and community educators. Held in the award-winning Troy Kids' Garden, this course emphasizes hands-on, inquiry-based instruction. There is room to be inspired, generate ideas, and gather resources for your own school or community youth garden. Course Topics Include: youth garden planning and design, funding and resources, recommended tools and supplies, organic gardening methods, outdoor classroom pedagogy, garden-based nutrition and cooking, nature study and games, program evaluation, art in the garden, and more!

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Lunch and Snacks: We will provide one garden fresh snack each day. Please plan to bring your own lunch (note: no refrigeration is available onsite).

Accomodations: For participants who are traveling from out of town, has an excellent list of accommodations, including hotels, hostels, and camping. A map of Madison hotels in relationship to Troy Drive is available here.



Gardening with Kids 101

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $15 per participant. Children 2 and under attend free.

Instructor: Jennica Skoug & Travus Maloney, Goodman Youth Farm Manager & Assistant Manager

Location: Goodman Youth Farm, 5017 Sudbury Way, Madison WI 53714. Map

Course Description: How do you let kids following their natural inclinations and curiosity in the garden, and still make sure the broccoli gets planted and the weeds don't take over? This family-friendly, hands-on workshop is designed as a practical guide for engaging kids of all ages in garden activities that are beneficial to both young minds, and young plants! Adults and kids will work, learn, and play side by side, learning tips and tricks (and kid-friendly tools) for all steps of the gardening process: prepping and planting beds, weeding and watering, harvesting, composting, and cooking with veggies right in the garden. We will discuss ways to get the most out of your time together in the garden - from work projects that keep working "behind the scenes," to designing simple tools that let kids work at their own pace, to cooking creatively with garden produce throughout the year. Whether you are a parent, an educator, a young gardener, or just young at heart, this will be an enjoyable morning full of practical resources for working with kids out in the garden. 

This workshop will take place outdoors at the Goodman Youth Farm. Please bring sunscreen, drinking water, and appropriate clothing for the weather (e.g., hats, sunglasses, rain jacket). A garden snack will be provided. Register here.


Beekeeping with Youth

PLEASE NOTE: We have offered this workshop in the past, and would love to offer it again in the future if there is enough interest to fill the course. Please email if you are interested. If you would like to visit our honeybees this summer, we will be offering two Family Field Trips that will include bee hive visits!

Course Description: Honeybees are an incredible gateway to learning and loving the outdoors for students of any age! Learn how to attract and interact with bees and other garden-loving pollinators in this hands-on, family-friendly workshop. We will don beekeeping gear to get a close-up look at the Youth Farm's honey bee hives while we learn basic beekeeping techinques and explore fascinating word of honeybee biology. We will make our own beeswax lipbalm and two delicious recipes - including our own ice cream! - that join fresh honey with fresh vegetables from the garden. We will also discover different ways to attract native Wisconsin pollinators, from planting flowers to making our own mason bee houses.You need not have your own beehive to participate - this course is open to pollinator lovers of all levels!

Cost: $15 per participant. Children 2 and under attend free.

Instructor: Jennica Skoug, Goodman Youth Farm Manager

Location: Goodman Youth Farm, 5017 Sudbury Way, Madison WI 53714. Map