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Designing, Creating, and Teaching in Schoolyard Gardens

Mike Hill
Mike Hil Mike Hill works in Sustainable Operations for the USDA Forest Service. He works on measuring and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the Forest Service and supports school partnerships with advice and design of school gardens. Mike's undergraduate degree is in architecture from Catholic University of America, and he is currently completing a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture.

In addition to work in commercial architecture firms, for 15 years Mike worked on projects teaching young people about design as a method of community empowerment: at the National Building Museum as outreach programs coordinator; at Shaw EcoVillage Project as executive director; in workshops at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and at other organizations. Recent projects include: establishing the Pollinator Garden at Bailey's Elementary School in Fairfax, VA.; designing and constructing the USDA People's Garden at the Whitten Building in Washington DC; and providing technical assistance to the city of Gary IN on redevelopment of Broadway Street, as part of the 2007 meeting of the Planning in the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association.

Martin Bomar
Martin Bomar As a parent volunteer at Ashland Elementary School in Prince William County, Virginia, Martin Bomar is an advocate for hands-on learning opportunities for young students. Being raised on a family farm and earning a Crop, Soils, and Environmental Sciences degree from Virginia Tech provided Martin a background that grew into an enthusiasm for educating others on “many things nature.” Merging that environmental fervor with community volunteerism provided a most fulfilling opportunity to gather other parent volunteers and help his children’s school create an outdoor learning garden, referred to as the Ashland Elementary School Earth Day Garden. Martin enjoys exploring ways to connect children with their food and with enhancing pollinator habitat. Martin, employed by the USDA-Farm Service Agency in Washington DC, is a member of the USDA Executive Master Gardener program and has enrolled the Earth Day Garden in the USDA People’s Garden Initiative.

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