Sam Ullery, School Garden Specialist – Profiles in Urban Farming
School Garden Specialist at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in D.C.
By Capital City Farm Co
Washington Gardener Magazine
Apr 6, 2013
So what does it mean to be D.C.’s School Garden Specialist?
Sam does four big things: manage $200K in grants to schools to use to start, staff and maintain gardens; train school garden coordinators and teachers in conjunction with DC Greens; provide a rubric for measuring the success of school gardens, and conduct site visits to provide feedback based on that rubric; and act as the state lead for the Green Ribbon Schools program, recognizing schools for their greenness (beyond just the garden).
He’s been at it now for 2 years, and is the first in his position. The position was created as part of the Healthy Schools Act – which we’ve mentioned in this blog before; it was a big turning point for school gardens in the District.
WAMU 88.5 covered the passage of the Act and it’s creation of Sam’s position. You can listen to their October 2011 story here.