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Externships For teachers

Externships for Teachers

Farmer Frog offers summer externships for teachers who want to earn summer clock hours. Participants spend two weeks at our school gardens and farm sites. As they work with our families and urban farmer educators, they experience Farmer Frog’s SOIL to STEM model and see how school gardens can be integrated into an individual school’s curriculum to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEM/STEAM).

Teachers can earn at least 56 clock hours. Please contact us for details.

Subjects we cover include:

  • Using the ecosystem as a partner
  • Crops for shade and sun, summer and winter
  • Seeds and the meaning of GMO, hybrid, cloned, and heirloom
  • intensive gardening, companion planting, polyculture, underplanting, and overseeding
  • Pruning and the science behind it—tomatoes, fruit trees, shrubs, and grapes
  • Mushrooms—how to grow them and what to grow
  • Irrigation and rain catchment—where, how, and when
  • Pest management in an ecosystem-based garden
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • aquaponics and climate-controlled methods for growing food and raising livestock
  • Goats as part of the work team and how to safely manage, house, and enjoy livestock around children and youth
  • Harvesting and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Farmers market—set up, sales and other activities, take down

Who can attend: We welcome all teachers and educators who are interested in learning about successfully using garden outdoor classrooms.

When: Times vary by the year. Please see our events page for upcoming workshops. If you have a group and the times don’t work – let us know! We can meet your groups needs with notice beforehand. See our schedule below for times and daily plans.

Where: Various Farmer Frog sites. See schedule below for locations.

Cost: $425 per person

Lunch and snacks: Please provide your own lunch. Greens as snacks during the day are on us—we have lots in the gardens.


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Summer Externship Schedule

subject to changes

Day One

At 9 a.m. externs meet Zsofia Pasztor and other Farmer Frog urban farmer educators at Olivia Park Elementary School. Then follows an introduction to Farmer Frog, the history of the school garden at Olivia Park, and a tour of the garden.

GMOs—what are these crops, what are they not, and why does Farmer Frog not grow them? Companion planting and weeds. Weed and vegetable identification.

Planting techniques, including how to plant seeds, starts, and roots, as well as how and why to grow sprouts.

After lunch, we go to Discovery Elementary School — a different site, different crops with watering management and garden clubs.

Then we return to Olivia Park Elementary School, tour the garden beds and participate in discussions on applied permaculture principles in a school setting; weeds with purpose, intensive polyculture, soil building, shade and sun, cover crops, etc.

Day Two

At 10 a.m. meet at Paradise Farm.

Irrigation systems theory with hands-on work, irrigation and rain catchment. Hoop house structures.

Day Three

All day at Paradise Farm, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We scout out what to harvest for Friday’s farmers market.

Pruning and training fruit trees and vines.

Tomato care — the good, the bad, and the ugly truth when time runs out and tomatoes grow big.

Day Four

At 8 a.m. Get ready for the market!

Farmers market stand at Paradise and then we head towards Liberty at 1 pm. Summer garden club from 1:30 to 2:30 and then end with garden clean up and planting.

Day Five

At 9 a.m. meet at Farmer Frog headquarters, Paradise Farm.

Construction using scrap lumber to make benches and/or planter and worm boxes. Introduction to large hoop house systems, aquaponic systems, and other alternative energy solutions (such as solar).

Learn what it means to be wildlife-friendly with salmon-safe designations. We will explore the forest, hike the trails, and work around wetlands and sensitive areas to install fencing for crops and livestock.

Day ends with foraging basics.

Day Six

At 10 a.m. we meet at Edmonds Community College. Learn about the Campus Community Farm, the role of urban farmer educators, and about service learning and work party functions.

Day ends with worms and vermiculture before visiting College Place, Chase Lake and Edmonds Heights.

Day Seven

Meet at Paradise to harvest food for share at 10 am. Then travel to Olivia Park Elementary School and work until 6 p.m.

Learn about insects and diseases; organic and beyond organic special crop management. Work with support systems for crops, raspberry patch management, strawberry towers, day-neutral crops, and art in the garden.

Work party starts at 4 p.m and then end the day with harvest to share.

Day Eight

At 8 a.m. Get ready for the market!

Farmers market stand at Paradise and then we head towards Liberty at 1 pm. Summer garden club from 1:30 to 2:30 and then end with family day and farmers market.