February 2017 Monthly Meeting
THE FEBRUARY MEETING is at the Wakeman Center.
On Tuesday, February 21, Noli Taylor and Kaila Allen-Posin, Program Leader for Island Grown Schools will talk on "Growing a New Generation of Gardeners with Island Grown Schools".
Island Grown Schools was formed to bring garden-based learning to all of our island kids. The talk will provide a history and background of the program, how it has evolved in classrooms, school gardens, and cafeterias, and share ways Garden Club members can participate in the program.
While the program is in all seven public schools and ten preschools, there is currently a star garden volunteer only at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS). Skilled gardener volunteers are needed in all the other gardens with the hope of finding one committed volunteer for each school.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:
Noli Taylor is the Community Food Education Director at Island Grown Initiative, and founded Island Grown Schools, the farm to school program on Martha's Vineyard, in 2007. She serves on the Board of Agriculture for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, on the Massachusetts Farm to School Network Leadership Team, and on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. Noli has a B.A. from Haverford College. She started community and statewide groups to focus on sustainable agriculture in Hawaii before moving to the Vineyard to lead the National Genetic Engineering Action Network.
Kaila Allen-Posin is the Curriculum and Staff Coordinator for Island Grown Schools. Kaila developed the FARM Project, a teen apprenticeship program based at the FARM Institute, in 2011, and created a year-round youth apprenticeship program for IGS at MVRHS. She brings her skills as a teacher, organizer, gardener, and her experience as a life-long islander to work with students, who range in age from 5-18. Kaila received her MA from Antioch University in Education for Sustainability in 2012.
To learn more about Island Grown Schools, go to www.islandgrownschools.org. , Facebook: islandgrownschools, or Instagram: MV Farm to School.
NOTE: Although the address is 67 David Avenue, the best way to get to the Wakeman Center is via Helen Avenue.
Until June, all meetings will be held at the WAKEMAN CONSERVATION CENTER in Vineyard Haven.
Parking at the Wakeman Center is limited. Please carpool.
For more information about getting to the Wakeman Center, click HERE.
The Program Committee have completed plans for monthly meetings our meetings for 2017. Check HERE to see who else will be speaking in 2017.
* PLEASE NOTE:
Our meetings are open to the public; there is a meeting fee of ten dollars for non-members.
Any updates and weather-related scheduled changes will be noted here and messages sent via email to members.
2017 Program Committee:
Members: Chair: Anda Woodward, with Karen Kolb, Kathy Kitsock, Tracie Clark, and Mary Lou DeLong.