There’s a whole lot going on at Vance Elementary this summer and lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty, learn about permaculture, and help the schoolyard become the classroom.

Listed below are free workshops and volunteer opportunities. All workshops will meet in the garden. For more information and to RVSP, email us at

>> Outdoor Classroom Volunteer Hours
Help us as we build new outdoor classroom spaces around campus!
Dates: June 7 – June 29, 2016  |  Days: Tuesdays & Wednesdays  |  Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

>> Growing a sorghum and broomcorn maze!
Date: June 2  |  Hours: 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

>> MILPA – Part 1: Corn Planting and Squash
Milpa is the traditional sustainable, high-yielding farming system of the Americas. This is the first workshop in a season-long series where we will grow corn, beans, squash, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, and other crops in a diverse polyculture (multiple crops grown together in mutually beneficial arrangements). The series will culminate in a homegrown taco feast!
Date: June 5  |  Hours: 4:00 PM

>> Building Beautiful Garden Trellises
Date: June 15  |  Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

>> Milpa Part 2: Bean Planting and Corn Hilling
June 21  |  Hours: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

>> Fall Vegetable Gardening
Date: July 11  |  Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

>> Milpa Part 3: Tending the Garden Jungle
Date: July 20  |  Hours: 4 PM – 6:00 PM

>> Milpa Part 4: Harvest Time and Cover Cropping
Date: Sep 28  |  Hours: TBD

>> Milpa Part 5: Handmade Tortilla Making and Harvest Feast!
Date: TBD  |  Hours: TBD

Mark your calendars and please spread the word. We look forward to growing a thriving schoolyard with your help!

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