Advocate Workshops

The Advocate Center | Temple Community Garden Workshops

Growing and Eating a Garden

For Philadelphia students grades 6 to 12

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm
October 27, November 3

Have you ever thought about starting a garden? Do you like to cook, or are interested in learning? This workshop will introduce topics related to plant science and care, including how to eat what you grow! Students will learn how to start seeds, plant them outdoors, monitor their growth, and cook a dish using fresh garden ingredients. No previous experience required.

**Instructors: Nina Taylor, Caitlin Bias, Shay Pilot


(October 27th) Day 1 Agenda

  1. Introductions
    1. TCG introductions of e-board, overview of what TCG does, what our interests are
    2. Class introductions, questions, icebreaker, what their interests are (Q: Have you ever grown something you ate before? What do you like to eat/want to grow?)
    3. Introduce the day’s workshop, overview
  2. Workshop: Making salsa
    1. Materials: tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, cilantro
  3. Plant Bio 101
    1. Q: What do plants need to grow? How do they grow?
    2. The role of pollinators
    3. Where did these plants come from? How did they grow?
  4. Seasons
    1. What grows in each season

(November 3rd) Day 2 Agenda

  1. Introductions
    1. Same as day before, icebreaker: what are some issues surrounding food you can think of?
  2. Cooking: tabouli, caprese salads, bruschetta, herb heavy foods, pesto
    1. Herbs and what they taste like, growth phases
    2. Recipe cards-Students will make recipe books
  3. Green space in the city
    1. Importance of trees and the color green (psychology)
  4. Project: Constructing an indoor herb garden
    1. Materials: herb seeds, soil, containers
    2. students will prepare ingredients
    3. TCG will supply herbs