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The GRuB Community-Building Institute

GRuB Farm: 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia

May 24th through May 26th, 2023

The GRuB Community-Building Institute

The GRuB Community-Building Institute, May 24-26, 2023

How can we come together across differences and create brave, nurturing spaces to heal, grow, and make a change in the world? What can the land teach us about belonging and building community?

We invite you to explore these questions in a 3-day hands-on, interactive, and joy-filled experience. Together, we will learn, practice, and adapt the tools and frameworks that make GRuB’s youth and adult programs so personally transformative including group facilitation, empowering communication, and land-based learning. The Institute is limited to 24 participants. Clock hours are available for teachers. Lunches, snacks, tea and coffee provided.

Who is the Institute for?  

People who want to bring more personal and community development to their work. Particularly relevant for educators, leaders, team members, outdoor educators, change-makers, community builders, and good trouble-makers.

Cost: $425/person through April 30; price goes up to $450/person on May 1st. Registration closes 5/21, contact us directly after this date to inquire about availability.

Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.

If you are interested in a scholarship or subsidized costs to attend, fill out this form before registration.

For group rates and any questions, please email or call 360.753.5522 and ask for Wade.

Your facilitators:

Kim Gaffi (she/her) is a co-founder of GRuB and served as Co-Director, Executive Director, and Director of Youth Programs from 1997 through 2019. Kim has led GRuB’s work in building a successful youth empowerment program that engages youth in food justice work. Kim has successfully collaborated with multiple school districts to integrate GRuB’s food justice curriculum and youth development model into area high schools with GRuB-like programs offered to students from Capital High School, Olympia High School and Tumwater School District. She has also helped to launch similar programs through other organizations and agencies throughout the state, such as Cultivating Roots hosted by Grays Harbor Health Department in Aberdeen, and the GRITS program at Eatonville School District. Kim has written Career and Technical Education (CTE) frameworks outlining the curriculum taught in the GRuB School model as well as the Tend, Gather and Grow curriculum. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and Bachelor of Science in Urban Ecology.

Wade Uyeda (he/him) is an alum of GRuB’s early youth programs, and returned to join the staff in 2009. For 13+ years, he has immersed himself in GRuB’s youth program model across positions as Farm Manager, CTE Teacher for GRuB School, Youth Program Manager, and now Director of Youth Programs. Wade has mentored and taught 300+ Opportunity Youth, trained and supervised 45+ youth alum Farm Assistants and Peer Crew Leaders, and led 5 AmeriCorps Youth Program Counselors. He brings a passion for equity work, incorporating the VISIONS, Inc. multicultural communication tools, and preferred practices from peer organizations. Wade has assisted in every Institute GRuB has offered in periphery roles, and in 2019 and 2022, co-led the training. Wade is highly skilled in the subject areas, and the relevant tools and strategies offered at the Institute. He also co-designed and led GRuB's inaugural Games Training in February. He has continued to evolve practices in youth programs, and brings in other approaches and perspectives from his participation in the planning teams for the national youth food justice network Rooted in Community, and the regional Northwest Youth Garden Network.

If you can't make the May Institute, we will be offering an August 2023 Institute. To see what other educational opportunities are coming up, check out our events page.

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