Lettuce Bloom

“Yuck! Bug! Someone squish it!” We have all heard children and adults shouting out like this in our classrooms, backyards and even our homes. But when it comes to our gardens it is important that we know which bugs to … Continue reading

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Grow an Easy Sensory Garden with Herbs

Herbs are the easiest “sensory” plant to grow in a garden. Children are amazed these plants can smell so good (or bad!) and impart flavor to our food.  Many enjoy chewing chives or mint sprigs, touching fuzzy sage and frilly … Continue reading

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Get Outdoors and Learn: How to Grow an Outdoor Classroom

As outdoor classrooms, school gardens offer countless opportunities for experiential learning.  Creating one doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process.  Here are some tips to help get your school garden growing: 1. Enlist Advocates Pull together a group of like-minded … Continue reading

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The Learning and Growing Garden

Bell School is already a buzz with dreams of spring! The beautiful, built in 2008 by Teich Garden Systems, will soon thaw out and be ready for planting. The first plant to go in will be peas. This week students … Continue reading

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Growing Vertical

For many urban schools, starting a school garden starts with a fundamental challenge: Where to grow? Space often is an issue. That is, none exists or it’s covered with asphalt. Schools with open ground may have contaminated soil, which makes … Continue reading

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It’s Game Time!

By Brian Carney Remember last year when you didn’t get your seeds planted on time? I didn’t, most every educator I know didn’t… School gardens are tough to plan for! When you’re doing it all by yourself that is. I try … Continue reading

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Reflections on a New School Garden

By James Gardeneer, Principal, Austin Road Elementary School, Mahopac, NY I think we can all agree it has been an unusual winter.  It’s now the end of the first week in February and we still have no snow on the … Continue reading

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Magical and Memorable

I have such fond memories of my childhood classroom parties.   I recall holiday music, playing games and, in 2nd grade, we did a craft that I thought, at the time, was the launch of my artist career. We cut out … Continue reading

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The Foodie Crew

The Foodie Crew…What Healthy School Snacks Can YOU Recommend? 1-2-3 GO!  All 21 kindergarten students popped their pomegranate seed into their mouths.   “MMMM” and “EWWW” rang out simultaneously as they experienced the sour pop of the seed on their waiting … Continue reading

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Everything in Moderation

Today this map crossed my email.  You might think it is showing precipitation or perhaps those states most hit by the recent heat wave.  Wouldn’t it be too appalling for it to be depicting the growth of obesity rates across … Continue reading

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