First-ever school Garden Symposium at TreehavenSubmitted: 08/19/2014
Story By Anthony Bruno

TOMAHAWK - Treehaven in Tomahawk kicked off its first ever School Garden Symposium Tuesday.

Educators from schools all around the state were invited to attend. It's an opportunity for them to come and learn how to incorporate healthier habits into their schools.

"Some of them are new to gardening completely," said Jasmyn Schmidt, a presenter at the symposium. "So they're learning how to start a garden, what you have to do for a garden, and what supplies are needed to start a garden. Some of them are a year or two into their gardens and are looking to learn maintenance or funding strategies to keep those gardens going."

Professionals from around the state gave presentations on many topics, including kid-friendly gardening activities, seed saving methods, and how to work with school cafeterias to set up composting programs, as well as food tasting programs.

"I really hope that the educators will leave with a lot of new ideas of different games and crafts and activities that they could do with students in a garden setting at their own schools," said Rachel Anderson, a naturalist at Treehaven.

Research has shown that students who garden are more likely to eat better. Leaders hope that educators who attend the symposium will use the information to start using healthier habits in all school subjects.

The symposium will run through Wednesday.

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