Education that Sustains: Sparking a Love for Learning

Immerse yourself at farm school and refresh your instruction in Environmental Learning!

A five-day hands-on professional development workshop at Quillisascut Farm™ for College of Education faculty and administrators involved in training the next generation of primary and secondary school teachers.

School gardens offer limitless opportunities for environmental learning. In this workshop we will explore ways for you and your students to incorporate garden learning in K-12 education, learn how to connect your institution to the ecological and cultural wisdom embodied in your local farming community and connect research with hands-on environmental practices in higher learning.

In addition to activities with gardening, composting, building raised beds, transplanting garden starts and learning about small livestock care, participants will gain exposure to:

  • Research and practice in learning gardens with Dr. Veronica Gaylie
  • Curriculum development to intertwine current instruction with garden experiences
  • Basic information on organic farm production.
  • Simple ways to tap into and learn from your local food system
  • Essential Learning Requirements and hands-on environmental learning
  • Biodiversity and our food environment.

Participants stay at the farm with bunkhouse-style lodging and all meals provided, tuition is generously funded by a grant from the DeVlieg Family Foundation.  Please join us for this fun and rewarding professional development workshop.
Limited to 14 participants

Application ($25 application fee)

Veronica Gaylie, PhD, is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She has worked as a high school English teacher and is now a teacher educator in interdisciplinary, ecology-based learning. She is the founder of the Learning Garden at UBC Okanagan. Her book: The Learning Garden: Ecology, Teaching and Transformation (2009) is published by Peter Lang. Available from Amazon or Powells Links to the Learning Garden website:

Katie Gagnon, PhD, Professor in Environmental Science at Seattle Central Community College and co-Principle Investigator for the Sustainable Agriculture Education Program. Link to SAGE: