2016 New Haven Coordinator Series -FREE

2016 New Haven Coordinator Series -FREE

Each year, we hold a series of FREE professional development meetings for garden coordinators in New Haven. These meetings are monthly  and cover seasonally relevant topics such as garden planning, seed starting, soils and compost and pests and disease. At each meeting, we offer resources for gardening, tips on organizing your community and lesson and activity ideas. Most importantly, it serves as a place to come together to ask questions, share your story and meet others who are also working on their school garden. The schedule is below, some loactions to TBD. 

For more information contact Jill at schoolgardens@commongroundct.org 

If you are not near New Haven and cannot make an after-school meeting, join us for our series of workshops. If you are an organization and would like to offer a similar series, please contact us and we are happy to work with you on replicating this series in  your town. 

Thursday, March 3  3:30-5:30

at Common Ground 358 Springside Avenue New Haven

  • Solidify Your Team: How to establish  your garden committee and rally support from your school community
  • Presentation: planning a garden that meets your needs
  • Q&A, needs discussion, ideas, networking
  • Next Step: schedule spring clean-up

Thursday,  April 7 3:30-5:30

location TBA

  • Ideas for planting events and celebrations
  • Direct seeding and planting with kids
  • Seed and seedling orders and distribution
  • Lesson ideas to get everyone excited for the growing season (worms, soil, seeds)
  • Q&A, needs discussion, ideas, networking
  • Next Step: Planting!

Thursday, May 12 3:30-5:30

at Clinton Avenue School 293 Clinton Avenue New Haven

  •  Pest and Disease Management
  • Lessons on insects in the garden
  • Q&A, needs discussion, ideas, networking
  • Next Step: planning a spring celebration

Thursday, June 2 3:30-5:30

location TBA

  • Developing a working schedule for your garden
  • Thinking long-term about your garden program and setting goals
  • Plant and soil care, troubleshooting problems
  • Sharing your story
  • Next Step: summer plan


  • Plan a summer meeting/ check-in
  • Attend summer workshops
  • Schedule CGHS maintenance crew


The schedule for September, October and November meetings is forthcoming and will include harvest, fall celebration planning, more lessons and long-term garden planning