to vegetable gardening, and points participants toward additional gardening resources and opportunities for selfdirected learning. Effective transformative curricula provide learners with accurate, bias-free information delivered with respect and compassion (Mezirow, 2000). With this in mind, we redesigned the instructor training to focus on valuing studentsâ€™ life experiences while building skills and knowledge that contribute to long-term food security. Looking Ahead
Beyond simply teaching participants to cultivate vegetables, adult-focused garden education programs like Seed to Supper can foster long-term transformation by giving participants tools to increase their confidence and community connectivity. For organizations like OFB and OSU Extension Service, investment in programs like Seed to Supper signals a dedication to the belief that empowered individuals are fundamental to resilient, food-secure communities. ;
In early 2013, over 60 volunteer educators attended trainings for the redesigned Seed to Supper program. Beginning in March of this year, we will pilot the new curriculum at Portlandarea host sites that include libraries, churches, correctional institutions and social service agencies. We will continue to critically examine the program during the pilot by engaging participants and educators in ongoing evaluation. The new course booklet has streamlined program administration and opened up creative options for sharing the curriculum; future plans include translating course materials into Spanish and adapting the program for satellite partners outside the Portland metropolitan area via the OFB and Master Gardener networks.
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