The time has come again to place requests for free seedlings, grown together by students and the Agrarian Adventure with support from the Tappan Joint Garden Committee and PTSO and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
Complete this survey to make a seedling request for your school garden, and spread the word to folks involved with local school gardens so that they can learn about this opportunity!
Seedling pickups will be arranged at Matthaei Botanical Gardens or the hoophouse at Tappan Middle School, and are tentatively scheduled for early May. Look for further details in April!
Lise Anderson, board member, accepts a Local Food Victory award on behalf of The Agrarian Adventure at the 7th annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit!
Thanks to this community for 10 years of Agrarian Adventures with Ann Arbor Public Schools. Those are not halos on our heads!
What did The Agrarian Adventure accomplish in 2014?
- The Farmer in the Classroom program visited 5 schools and over a dozen classrooms
- Distributed 500+ seedlings to seven participating school gardens with the help of Tappan students
- Worked alongside students at Tappan Middle School to grow approximately 200 pounds of produce at its hoophouse garden site for club activities, student families, volunteers, food pantries and fundraising activities
- Donated over 100 pounds of produce to the Backdoor Food Pantry and Food Gatherers from it’s Tappan hoophouse garden site
- Hosted a seed bomb making activity at youth tent at the 2014 Homegrown Festival
- Celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a special Pencils and Parsnips event in partnership with Tantre Farm at Zingerman’s Delicatessen
To find out more, view The Agrarian Adventure’s full 2014 annual report here.
Thank you to everyone who joined in celebrating ten years of Agrarian Adventure programming in Ann Arbor Public Schools! Ten years!
On November 5th, volunteers, farmers, teachers, parents, and students shared inspiring stories about farm to school education, and everyone enjoyed the beautiful meal created by the chefs at Zingerman’s Delicatessen. This year proceeds from the annual event called the Taste of Tantre, that highlights the bounty of Tantre Farm with seasonal eats and treats, benefited farm-to-school education in Ann Arbor!
The Agrarian Adventure is a volunteer led grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by students, teachers, parents and the local community in 2003. Our volunteers work with schools to connect students with food, health, community, and agriculture.
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We need your financial support in order to continue connecting students with their local agricultural community. The Agrarian Adventure is a publicly supported, 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation, please use the secure PayPal button below or send a check to:
The Agrarian Adventure
P.O. Box 7928
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
The Agrarian Adventure partners with K-12 schools to enrich students’ connection between the foods they eat, their personal health, and the health of their communities and the environment.
Through experiential education in sustainable food and agriculture, local food, and healthy learning in the cafeteria, we connect students to the sources of their food and empower them to transform their lives and food culture in positive ways.
Butternut squash, carrot soup, and crispy kale chips are not part of the typical 7th grade afternoon snack. Since 2004 6th – 8th grade students at Tappan Middle School have met once a week to explore where their food comes from.
Students learn how to plant and harvest greens in the hoop house and schoolyard garden, cook new foods, hear from local food heroes and go on field trips. Graduates have been board members, high school youth mentors, and committed garden volunteers!
$250 will help support school coordination, lesson planning, and materials for 4 weekly club meetings.
Join us! Please become a program sponsor by donating online using the secure PayPal button below.
For more information contact us.
We connect over 850 Ann Arbor K-5 students to the sources of their food by bringing local farmers to classrooms each year. The program helps students eat more fruits and vegetables, and increases their awareness of local agriculture, food, and farms, thanks to generous contributions of local farmers, professional volunteers, and the support of partners of the AAPS Farm-to-School Collaboration.
$250 pays for planning, materials and a stipend for the visiting farmer for a month of weekly visits.
Please become a program sponsor by donating online using the secure PayPal button below.
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The Tappan Garden & Greenhouse relies on a number of community caretakers for water, weeding, and many other kinds of love, especially over the summer.
Beginning each May, one evening a week volunteers meet to weed the garden between 6:00 p.m. until sunset. Tappan parents and students, Burns Park neighbors, and other community members are welcome to join us. No experience required. Bring a sun hat! We have plenty of tools. Find out more on the Tappan Middle School PTSO Facebook site.
Support the Garden/Share the Harvest
From mid-June to September experienced volunteers will provide support and tools to families interested in helping care for the garden over the summer. When you sign up for one or two weeks we’ll pair you with another family. Share the joy of working outdoors and enjoy the bounty of this wonderful productive school garden.