2014 Institute

Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up

July 29-31

Food web activity, 2007 institute. Photo: Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, National Park Service.

Henry A. Wallace Education & Visitors Center
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home & Library
Hyde Park, NY


Sneak preview

We’re planning a great program! Watch this space for regular updates.

Hands-on and how-to

Composting Basics: Turning Garbage to Black Gold  with Terry Laibach, recycling coordinator, NYS DEC-Region 3, New Paltz, and Braeden Cohen, compost/sustainability specialist and educator, Greenburgh Nature Center. Be prepared to get dirty.

Eco-Choices: Ecosystem Consequences of Town Decisions, teaching about local decisions that affect farming with Cornelia Harris, educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Sandra Fischer, environmental science teacher, Chatham HS.

Exploring “Natural” Areas in Schoolyards and Sites. Gwen Kopeinig and Diane Moller, Lewisboro ES will share concrete ideas for using whatever outdoor space you have available. When Learning Comes Naturally, part of the PBS series, The Learning Child, features their work.

Growing Curriculum: Creating School Gardens. How to start, maintain, and use a school garden with Carol Maxwell, Lake Avenue ES, Saratoga; Cathy Law, New Paltz HS; and Karla Purcell, John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Port Chester.

PokPlentyComicSmallerHunger & Malnutrition in our Valley. Susan Grove, Poughkeepsie Plenty, will share a vision and case study for making the city hunger-free + ideas for teaching students about hunger including a “newspaper” (right) featuring activities, comics, and more.

Three Sisters on the Farm and Table: Corn, Beans, and Squash. Experienced teachers share ideas for connecting with the children of farm workers. Linda Brotman, Chambers ES, Kingston, and Jacqueline Denu and Kim Ellis, Hudson Valley Writing Project.

What do animals need to stay alive? FOOD! Learn about river food chains and webs–teaching connections for K-4 with a science emphasis. Rebecca Houser, award-winning environmental educator, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC. Sample HRE lesson: Dining Out with Fishes and Birds of the Hudson.

Discussions and panels

THV-ers visited Stone Barns during the 2010 institute. Photo: Kerri Karvetski.

THV-ers visited Stone Barns during the 2010 institute. Photo: Kerri Karvetski.

Farming in the Valley Today. Learn how agriculture works now–these aren’t your grandparents’ farms–with Ben or Lindsey Shute, Hearty Roots Community Farm, Clermont, and National Young Farmers Coalition. Additional panelists to be announced.

A History of Hudson Valley Agriculture from American Indians to Today. Join Kelli Huggins, education coordinator, Chemung County Historical Society, for a lively social study content discussion. Kelli wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on farming in the northeast.

Preserving Farmland, Encouraging Farming. Why it’s important to keep farming and how to do it with Jerry Cosgrove, New World Foundation, Local Economies Project, and Steve Rosenberg, author of Scenic Hudson‘s regional foodshed conservation plan. Invited: David Haight, American Farmland Trust.

Field Experiences

On the institute’s middle day participants will choose one of the following full-day learning activities.

Food Arts in Albany. The morning will feature a cooking class and lunch at Different Drummer’s Kitchen–chef TBA. After lunch, explore using drawing and sketching to help students sharpen their observational skills AND think about food and farms. Artist and educator Carol Coogan will facilitate and supply encouragement as you draw.

School and Community Gardens: For Our Health and the Ecosystem’s. Learn ways to use gardens and farms as you visit Krieger ES’s new garden and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project with Cornelia Harris, ecology educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Jamie Levato, teacher and education manager, Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

Details to be announced: Historic Farm Experience, Service Learning Project with hunger-related group, and Working Farm Experience

Coming soon: additional details and registration.