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December 2014 Issue

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Kids Garden News

Plant it Forward
Youth gardens offer many opportunities for gardeners to give back to their community. Drawing from the concept of “Pay It Forward,” by which a person who has received a gift...
School Gardening
Plant the seeds for world peace in your garden. The garden offers a...
Family Gardening
Blooming plants make wonderful gifts for special occasions. They add to...

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    Resources for Educators

  • Growing Food is the first module of the LiFE curriculum. It's a thought provoking, action changing, inquiry-based curriculum that supports student investigations of topics in life science using a familiar and much loved domain- food. Download a sample lesson plan, The Producers, which helps student investigate how plants get energy. The full curriculum can be purchased through the Gardening with Kids Shop.
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  • The Pollinator Partnership has created a new BeeSmart School Garden Kit that has components that can be used at school, at home, and online. It is designed to introduce students to new ideas about food, wildlife, and plants. Ultimately the goal is to help students choose behaviors that support their own health, the health of the planet, and all its plants and animals. Teachers may apply to receive a free kit.
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  • Register now for the 2013 Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Each year, Bonnie trucks more than one million free oversized cross cabbage plants to 3rd Grade classrooms across the country to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people (these cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds). Teachers distribute 2” plants with instructions, provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state scholarship drawing. The $1,000 education scholarship winners are randomly selected by each state’s Director of Agriculture.
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    Funding Opportunities

  • For the third year, The Muhammad Ali Center in partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation is providing support to youth garden programs across the world through the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant. 50 outstanding applicants will receive $500 garden packages including an NGA curriculum package. International applicants are encouraged to apply. Schools within the United States must have a student body eligible for 50% or more reduced or free lunches. Apply online!
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  • Mantis presents the Mantis Awards to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in communities. Winners are selected by the NGA and receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. All nonprofit garden programs are eligible to apply. Apply online!
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  • Grants for Gardens awards can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies. Visit the Annie's Website for more details and to apply online. 
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  • More than 16 million children live in food insecure homes, not always sure where their next meal will come from. That’s why Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to “take hunger personally” and join the fight to end childhood hunger. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $500 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. Get project ideas for 10 Ways You Can Help End Childhood Hunger.
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  • The American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) shade structure grant program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Learn more.
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  • Katie's Krops with the support of Nature’s Greens is offering grants to young individuals between the ages of 9 and 16 in the United States. The grant winners will receive materials to start a vegetable garden to feed people in need in their community. The mission of Katie's Krops is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. The winner will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $400), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Learn more.
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  • Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate $5 million to schools and school parent teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools during the school year. Grant applicants may request between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. The Spring 2013 cycle is now open. The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is February 15, 2013 5pm EST. However, if 1500 applications are received before the application deadline, then the application process will close. Apply online. 
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  • Through the Sip to Support a Garden program, sponsored by Jamba Juice, schools and community gardens can earn credits that can be applied toward the purchase of essential gardening equipment suitable for any age from the National Gardening Association’s Gardening with Kids catalog. Participation is easy: Sign up your school or garden organization online. Your organization will receive a Jamba-Kit that includes program details—and start swiping. Each time a supporter uses the swipe card for purchases, Jamba will donate 10% of the purchase to NGA for your purchasing account. Sign up your school and Sip to Support online.
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  • This program gives schools and nonprofits a "healthy" option for fundraising — selling bulbs that will bloom into stunning floral displays. Flower Power has carefully selected easy-to-plant, easy-to-grow bulbs from among its most popular and best-selling varieties, ensuring a successful, appealing fundraising campaign. Your organization makes a profit of 50% on every sale and you get to keep your profit immediately. To help keep your profits high, Flower Power will ship your order free of charge, saving you up to an additional 10%. And unlike other fundraising programs, there are no confusing discount strategies or minimum order requirement to qualify. All bulbs purchased through this fundraising program come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more.
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  • Seed Savers Exchange offers a fundraising program for schools and nonprofit organizations. Programs earn 40% of what is sold.
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    Conferences and Workshops

  • Course space is limited, and sections have been filling quickly! The National Teacher Institute (NTI) for Garden-Based Learning is a collaborative partnership between Longwood Gardens and the National Gardening Association. The partnership was formed to offer professional development to educators and volunteers from one of the great gardens of the world and the leader in K-12 plant-based educational resources, materials, and grants. This online course is designed to introduce teachers to the benefits of a school garden program; help them identify ways to build support for developing a garden; create a vision, theme, and design; and distinguish the best curriculum for incorporation into their classroom. Participants will gain practical knowledge for laying the groundwork of a successful program. Course participants will receive valuable feedback from their instructor and other teachers while learning new avenues for student instruction. Their first online course, School Gardening 101 is now open for two winter sections. For more information and to register for the course visit the NTI website.
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  • Save the Date! The 2013 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will be hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado July 11-13, 2013! Check out what was offered in 2012.
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