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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-With our warming temps, your thoughts might wander to what you want to plant in your garden this year. But what about "Cultivating the Future?"

That's the name of the upcoming Schoolyard Garden Conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Feb. 28.

Kirsten Saylor, coordinator of the Schoolyard Garden Conference, joined KARE 11 News @4 to talk about the value of schoolyard gardens – for the school, the students, parents and the entire community.

Here are some of the conference highlights-

· A schoolyard garden is a living laboratory for hands-on learning across disciplines.

· In a schoolyard garden, kids engage all of their senses and educators bring learning concepts alive in a way not possible in other settings,

· A schoolyard garden connects children with plants and offers lessons in preserving the environment, healthy eating, the science of gardening and more.

· We're fortunate to have state leaders at this conference – including State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Fredrickson.

· Workshop presenters will address challenges faced by teachers, principals, superintendents, food-service professionals and parents, in creating and sustaining such gardens.

· Other featured speakers are keynote John Fisher from LifeLab, a national organization that advocates for school gardens across the nation.

· Conference tuition is $60 Arboretum members and conference affiliates, $70 general registration – discounts available for teams of three from the same school.

For more information, head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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