SUAC Partners with Ozarks Food Harvest and Springfield Community Gardens

SUAC is proud to announce our partnerships with Ozarks Food Harvest and Springfield Community Gardens. To kick off this collaboration, we visited a nearby farm during the one of the hottest days we’ve had this summer to pick green beans as part of  the Glean Team, a new volunteer group created by OFH and sponsored by local businesses to harvest produce from community gardens, urban landscaping, farms and orchards in order to distribute to local pantries. If you want to become a part of this effort, contact OFH’s Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411.

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3rd Annual Cocktails and Wellies

June 13th: 3rd annual Cocktails and Wellies

The third annual Cocktails and Wellies fundraiser was a great success! Nearly 200 patrons gathered at Firehouse on C-street to participate in all the festivities. All the silent auction items sold, 21 of the 25 Sponsor a Future Farmer golden shovels sold for $100 each, the lemonade stand was a smashing success, and the smores stand was epic. Thank you to everyone who sponsored or donated to this wonderful cause. We appreciate your support!

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Decorations before the guests arrive

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Cheese! Ladies!

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These wild folks found the treasure chest full of hats!

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Barak Hill, Dallas Jones, and Jody Bilyeu pose for the camera in between songs

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Field Elementary teachers, staff, and parents show off their rain boots

 

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June Update

SUAC Updates

Wow does the time fly! Is it already June? We’ve been staying really busy these last few months, let us catch you up:

May 29th: Garden Tour
SUAC invited key stakeholders into our gardens to review what’s going on. All the members of our board and several SPS employees hopped on a school bus for a field trip around town. We remembered how much work has gone into this project and were exhilarated by the work still yet to be done! Here are some photos:

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Executive Director, Sheila Nichols; Eugene-Field Principal, Janell Bagwell; SPS Wellness Coordinator, Jeff Rogers

 

 

 

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Board member Kate Murr takes an early lunch–snap peas from Midtown

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Assistant Superintendent, Ben Hackenworth and Janell Bagwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden Teacher Recruitment for Fall 2014

SUAC is recruiting Garden Teachers for DIRT’s fall 2014 semester! If YOU or someone you know is passionate about teaching kids, gardening, and cultivating healthy lifestyles, we want to know!

To learn more, click here: Garden Teacher Application. Complete the form and attach it with your cover-letter & resume.
Turn in at:

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
1126 N. Broadway Bldg. A
Springfield, MO 65806.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ben at ben@springfielduac.org or call our office: 417.429.0999.


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Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition!

This is why Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition exists! Watch this video; then learn how you can support our programming!

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New Farms Want to Host Interns!

CRAFT is a cooperative effort of area farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farm apprentices. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) seeks to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic and sustainable farmers and is currently seeking interns and apprentices and host farms in the area.

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Bechard Family Farm offers naturally raised pork

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Foundation Farm offers no-till vegetable growing

Visit OzarksCraft to learn more about the new farms and opportunities therein.

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Meet Beth

Garden Teacher Spotlight
Meet Beth Lindstrom…

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a lifelong resident of Springfield, MO and one of  DIRT’s newest Garden Teacher team members!

  Q&A
What was your interest in becoming a Garden Teacher?
I have been involved with the Field Garden since it broke ground in 2012. I knew that I wanted to be more involved with our students learning about the garden here at Field. I was so excited when the opportunity to volunteer for SUAC fell into my lap.

What is your background in teaching/gardening?
I have had a passion for gardening, learning about various flowers and designing perineal gardens for many years.
Since becoming the PTA green team chair at Field, I have taken an interest in growing my own edible garden and working with Mrs. Fisher at Field to support our school’s garden.

What do you hope to offer DIRT with your skill-set and knowledge base?
Having experienced our community’s excitement over the last few years, I see so much potential in our garden. I’ve seen families come out in the summer during our garden nights to work in the garden and get to take home fresh vegetables to share with their family.
As the Green Team chair at Field, I have witnessed how excited our students are to learn about the process of growing vegetables in the garden.  It is such a unique opportunity for our students to get to directly participate in that process.  I feel my involvement as a parent, a PTA garden chair, and now a SUAC volunteer gives me the resources to continue to grow excitement and provide our students with a new learning opportunity.

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DIRT 2014

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Midtown Garden- Mrs. Pyle’s Class working hard in the garden

Holidays are over and SPS schools are back in session which means DIRT classes are also in full swing! With the new year comes ten new volunteer Garden Teachers to assist in at Field Elementary, Delaware, and Jarrett Middles School. This is exciting news as more teachers will offer a higher teacher to student ratio, offering more for the learning environment, giving an intimate setting for small group work. SUAC is always eager for spring and so are the kiddos–we head into warmer weather and get more consistent hands-on experience in the dirt!
Lessons this semester are mostly thematic in scope: January and February is centered around seeds, seed anatomy, and how seeds grow. Pretty cool stuff!

The classes reconvened on January 21, 2014 at all of DIRT’s schoolyard gardens which include: Jarrett Middle School, Rountree Elementary, Midtown, Field Elementary, Delaware Elementary, Harrison, and Pleasant View. They will run until the end of the school year in May

As always, thank you to everyone who makes DIRT programming possible: our Garden Teachers, our volunteers, your in-kind donations, business sponsors, partnerships, and Springfield Public Schools!
***Be on the lookout for more DIRT updates in the February newsletter! If you aren’t on our mailing list, sign-up HERE.

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Garden Teacher Recruitment

SUAC is recruiting Garden Teachers for DIRT’s Spring 2014 SPS, school year! If YOU or someone you know is passionate about teaching kids, gardening, and cultivating healthy lifestyles, we want to know!

To learn more, click here: Garden Teacher Packet. Complete the form and attach it with your cover-letter & resume.
Turn in at:

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
823 W State #8
Springfield, MO 65806.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ben at ben@springfielduac.org or call our office: 417.429.0999.

 

 

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Apple Planting at Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks

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Pay Byers demonstrates how to face the dog-ear part of the tree toward the Southwest

   Pat Byers, Horticulture Specialist at University of Missouri Extension partnered up with SUAC, Green Circle Projects, and FMO in October to plant apple trees at Farmers’ Market Pavilion, located in south Springfield off of Republic Road. Nearly 20 Missouri State University students offered their treasured Saturday mornings to help with the project. Byers gave a demonstration, offering instruction on things like: how deep the roots should be planted; which way certain parts of the trunk should be facing; and how to keep trees safe from weeds and critters, like squirrels–and then the work began. With about three people per tree, the holes were quickly dug and trees were planted. A few guests attending the regular Saturday morning Farmers’ Market even came out to help with their little ones eager to lend a hand! Thirteen trees were planted that day which means we also planted at least thirteen smiles!

Pay Byers and Dan Soetaert put weed barrier over apple tree.

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Smily Happy People Planting Trees

Thanks to all the volunteers who joined in and helped do this work. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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This group of gals from MSU proudly put finishing touches on their apple tree!

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