“Schoolyards as Productive and Educational Landscapes: Integrating
Wellness into the Community One Child at a Time.”
Abernethy Elementary’s award-winning School Kitchen Garden in Portland,
Oregon serves as a model for the school garden movement, integrating
benchmark-standard targeted garden curriculum and running Portland Public
Schools test-kitchen for healthier, minimally-processed breakfast and
lunches featuring locally sourced ingredients. Schoolyards offer unique
opportunities for integrating permaculture and food security while
empowering and catalyzing communities one neighborhood at a time.
Sarah Sullivan, from Portland, Oregon is the Program Coordinator for
Abernethy Elementary’s award-winning School Kitchen Garden. Sarah came
to Portland four years ago from Hawai‘i where she taught landscape and
permaculture design and co-founded Hawaii SEED, the now-flourishing
statewide coalition promoting sustainable, diverse, local agriculture.
Sarah is the former executive director for the Organic Seed Growers and
Trade Association, with extensive experience in organizational management,
farming with children, seed saving, grade-school curriculum development,
community leadership and fundraising.