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Staff Development Events

Experience unique, engaging staff training events with New Mettle Farms! Our exclusive farm-to school projects give you a glimpse into our collaborative ag and conservation communities while learing about tailored turnkey enrichment solutions for educators, students, and staff. Our events cover sustainable agriculture practices and conservation partnerships in central California, led by experienced professionals. Join us for a transformative learning experience - schedule your event today!

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The Future of School Gardens

Progressive Tour of 3 Modesto, CA Locations

Learn about New Mettle Farms’ innovative opportunities to explore future careers in agriculture through school garden programs. In collaboration with Central California ag innovators, our developing capsule projects and web portal will allow grades 3rd to 8th to explore careers through experiential learning. Activities include field trips, collaborative fundraisers, service learning opportunities, unique growing, seed saving, tasting events with community partners, and ag career exploration activities and videos. Learn how your staff and students can benefit from a capsule project-with or without a school garden. May 2, 2023, registration is through Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs. Or schedule your staff training by emailing

    Great Outdoor Exploration

    Progressive Tour of 2 Escalon, CA Locations

    Outdoor adventures in open spaces and school gardens can be so much more! Meet our exciting community partners who'll share their expertise and traveling programs with resources for your staff and students. Presenters include a TK Sensory Storytime designed by a local Head Start children's therapist, wildlife illustrator/ author of StArt Magazine, presenting artwork and techniques for nature, and flower growing and entrepreneur presenting floral blooms for school nooks. Additional program information will include conservation programs for insects, birds, and fish. It's an activity day you will want to attend! May 12, 2023, registration is through Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs. Or schedule your staff training by emailing

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        Full Circle Sunflower Project

        Webinar Launch

        Join the Full Circle Sunflower Project from New Mettle Farms and explore the complete life cycle of a sunflower year-round! This unique project includes student enrichment videos, garden educator coaching, printable teaching supplies, and lessons on gardening, crafting, and cooking. With six different sunflower varieties, citizen science, and service-learning activities, the possibilities are endless! Register now for our summer webinar launches and receive quick-shipped Hopi Black Dye Sunflower seeds with sowing directions and an activity video.


        Enroll in the Full Circle Sunflower Project online course to choose a webinar date or join the Stanislaus Office of Education Prevention Programs for the May 18 or June 2, 2023, webinar launch.

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