School Garden Project

We are proud to be part of efforts to build a strong connection with local schools. CESOSS first started working with  local elementary schools back in 2014. Our intent is to reconnect schools, students, and families with local agricultural traditions that includes small farming, gardening, and the importance of acequias in our community.  Since then we piloted school-based farmer's markets held at local elementary schools, helped to establish and upkeep a school garden at Dolores Gonzales Elementary, have coordinated events and workshops at local elementary schools, and have worked with teachers to bring lessons to their classes.  

Ciclos de la Tierra: Cultivating Querencia through Mutualismo and Justice

We are excited to announce that we are currently developing Ciclos de la Tierra: Cultivating Querencia through Mutualismo and Justice curriculum that will focus on reconnecting students and schools with local agricultural traditions.  We are using traditional acequia philosophies such as Querencia and Mutualismo as a framework to build a curriculum that will be organized around the Earth's seasons.  We wanted to move away from the typical canned garden curriculum and instead build one that centers on local traditions, local knowledge, and our own geographic spaces.  We will be piloting parts of the curriculum at Dolores Gonzales Elementary during the Spring 2017 semester.  Our goal is to share this curriculum with other interested teachers across APS and New Mexico.  If you're interested in getting involved in this project, contact us!

School Based Workshops & Events

As part of our efforts to connect with local schools, we have organized various workshops and events focusing on local agricultural traditions. We are currently planning a series of family friendly garden-related workshops at Dolores Gonzales Elementary School that will take place during Spring 2017.  

  • February 23rd, 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm - Container Gardening

  • March 15th, 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm - Seedlings & Transplanting

  • April 2017 - Outdoor Gardening

School Based Farmer's Markets

CESOSS is proud of being part of an initiative to bring Farmer's Markets to local elementary schools.  This initiative began as an idea put forth by one of our former Leadership Institute interns, Analicia Coca.  Out of her project focused on food accessibility in the East San Jose area, we launched the first school-based farmer's market at East San Jose Elementary and then held a few at Dolores Gonzales Elementary as well.  Our idea is that if we truly want to reach families, we need to take the great local produce being grown in our own communities to the schools.  We are currently exploring ways that we can continue this work.  If you have any ideas, please contact us!

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