The gardens may have been largely dormant during the winter season, but Grow Education was hard at work, bringing a variety of local speakers to schools as part of the 2018-2019 Winter Speaker Series.
In all, over 18 presentations were given to students in New Bedford Public Schools focused on bridging community resources for the students of New Bedford. We had amazing participants at: Jacobs Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Pacheco Elementary, Trinity Day Academy and New Bedford High School. Topics ranged from sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, to the importance of seeds and saving local stock, beekeeping and the role of bees in agriculture, and local food, food access and food security. Thank you to our speakers: Nate Sander from Round the Bend Farm, Bill Braun from Ivory Silo Farm and Freed Seed Federation Project, Kristen Lofstrom, a member of the Bristol County Bee Keepers Association, Stephanie Perks and Kim Ferreira from Coastal Foodshed, and Chef Chris Cordeiro and Andrea Manzone from Sid Wainer & Son.