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Grow it. Know it.



Grow it. Know it.
Professional development for educators utilizing school gardens

Your school garden team is invited to experience four days of hands-on learning centered around gardening, cooking, and developing a sustainable plan for your school garden program. We will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage a school garden, cook in the classroom, and use the garden to enhance student learning and engagement.

This training is designed for P-12 educators. All subject areas are welcome: agriculture education or art, special education or gifted, 1st grade or 1st period calculus. The only requirement is that you have, or plan to have, a garden at your school, and want to utilize the garden as a teaching tool.

This professional development opportunity is designed and taught by a team of UGA faculty and staff along with local partner Wimberly’s Roots.

When and Where:

June 12-15, 2023
Wimberly Center for Community Development
Winder, GA
8:30-4:00 each day


The registration is a materials fee for hands-on activities, ingredients for lunch, hand-outs, and an awesome t-shirt. We will also provide a light breakfast, coffee, and tea. Participants will be responsible for lodging and dinner.

School gardens work best in schools with a team that manages the garden program. We offer a discount to schools attending as a team.

Registration is through Eventbrite. After entering your application, you can pay via card, or let us know that your school system will be sending a check. There are only 20 spaces available in this training, so applying early is encouraged. We only have space for 5 agriculture education teachers. Registration will close April 28th.

Team Registration: $75/team member 

Individual Registration: $100

If you need your school to mail in a check, it can be sent to

UGA Extension – Barrow County
attn: GIKI
90 Lanthier Street
Winder, GA 30680

We realize that every school system has a different policy for payment or reimbursement for professional development. If your bookkeeper has questions, please direct them to call the UGA Extension-Barrow County office at 770-307-3029.

Lodging Recommendations:

Holiday Inn Express Bethlehem
775 Exchange Cir, Bethlehem, GA 30620
(470) 429-5907
*11-minute drive from the training

Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton
5159 Golf Club Dr, Braselton, GA 30517
*21-minute drive from training
But, located in front of the Chateau Elan Vineyards and Winery

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Athens West
3500 Daniells Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30606
(706) 353-8484
*24-minute drive from training,
Epps Bridge area of Athens


“Thanks for a fantastic PL, it was some of the best training I’ve ever been to in 13 years of teaching”

“Thank you for all of the time, energy and enthusiasm that you put into this training!”

“Loved it! This was awesome and I can’t thank you all enough for this opportunity”

“Love, love, love y’all! Thank you for igniting a passion I didn’t’ know I had!”

“Thanks for a great day! I wish all PL was this enriching and practical.”