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Seed to Supper Course Overview

In the Seed to Supper 2-course sequence, students explore sample programs in NYS which address food security through integrating gardening, with visits to community gardens and with educators and community partners; students will learn about an effective Oregon Food Bank model, Seed to Supper, which is being adopted by Extension programs and their community partners here in New York State.  Collaboration with faculty, staff, peers and CCE educators contribute to learning about and further developing an approach to preparing facilitators to lead effective garden-based programs such as Seed to Supper with/for gardeners on a limited budget.  The course considers the capabilities, skills, and “inner ground” needed by facilitators who prepare novice gardeners with the tools they need to connect with others in community, grow in confidence, and successfully raise a portion of their own food on a limited budget.  In the spring semester, the community facilitation practicum, students will revisit, reflect on, review and then lead the facilitator preparation strategy developed in the fall, participate in campus-based planning activities and then, carrying out intensive facilitator preparation – actively leading and engaging in sessions with an off campus group of future Seed to Supper community-based facilitators.  Work with campus professionals to design methods to evaluate site host and facilitator responses. Reflect with site hosts at key points to assess the approach as it is unfolds.  Leave with a certificate of completion, indicating preparedness to lead Seed to Supper and similar garden-based facilitator preparation in communities.