March 2015 Issue
Our monthly e-mail newsletter with thematic and standards-based articles, activities, and resources for educators implementing school gardens and family gardening. Keep up to date with our website, sign up for Kids Garden News.
Most municipal recycling programs are unable to accept plastic plant containers, such as plant pots and hanging baskets. Lowe’s is now accepting these items for recycling. Check with your local store for more details.
A beautifully illustrated book, The Tree That Bear Climbed is written in the style of rhythmic repetition making it fun to read aloud. Targeting ages 3 to 8, the text offers a simple introduction to plant parts and basic plant functions. At the end of the book, educators and parents will find educational information and activity ideas. Additional supporting resources are available online. For a preview of the book visit the Sylvan Dell Publishing website at www.SylvanDellPublishing.com.
New this year to Gardening with Kids, the vertical pocket planter is a creative solution for maximizing gardening space. Save $10 on this innovative resource from the Gardening with Kids Shop through the month of March, using code BEANSTALK13.
Harvest of the Month is an excellent resource from the Network for a Healthy California offering educator newsletters, family newsletters, menu slicks and press release templates spotlighting different fruits and vegetables. Check it out at: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/index.asp.
In support of ACGA’s mission, and to support sustainable community gardening efforts, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and ACGA are pleased to announce the 2013 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Grow Inspired Garden Grant Program. One garden in each of four communities – New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Portland – will be selected to receive a grant award of $4,000 apiece along with other gardening support this year. The application deadline is March 12. 2103.
Espoma and the National Gardening Association want to recognize and reward the efforts of gardeners who are working to protect and improve the environment. That’s why we’ve created the Environmental Stewardship Award. This year we’ll select five home gardeners (awards ranging from $500 to $2000, application due on July 31) and one retailer (award includes travel to and recognition at the Independent Garden Center Show, application due on June 30) from across the country who are using the most effective, interesting, and innovative practices to help protect the environment and make their corner of the world a better place. Learn more.
NGA is delighted to announce the forth year of the Midwest Garden Grant program. 10 award packages including supplies valued at over $900 and seedlings from Bonnie Plants are available. Midwest Grants packages will be distributed to applicants located in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more details visit:http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2013-midwest-garden-grant.
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!
Voots® Veggie-Fruit Tarts and Kidsgardening.org present the 2013 Voots® "Get Kids Growing" Garden Grants! This program will provide 20 schools with gardening packages valued at over $700. Applications close April 1st, 2013. Visit Grants & Fundraising Page for more details.
The Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education workshop is for California educators interested in using existing school gardens to enhance nutrition education for children and youth. This free workshop is offered by Life Lab, UC Davis Children's Garden Program, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, all in collaboration with the California School Garden Network. It will be offered at 6 locations this spring. Apply at www.lifelab.org/gene-workshop.
In Life Lab's amazing Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz campus, professional trainers bring inspiration and information to educators interested in bringing learning to life in the garden. The schedule of 2013 Spring-Summer Life Lab Educator Workshops includes: Thursday, March 7 - Santa Cruz School Food and Garden Tour; Friday, March 8 - Plant It, Grow It, Eat It!- Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education (Grades K-8); Saturday, March 16 - Sowing the Seeds of Wonder: Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education; Thursday-Friday, March 21-22 - The Growing Classroom: An Introduction to Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6); Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9 - Growing Healthy, Strong, Inspired Teens (Grades 9-12); Saturday, April 27 - Common Core Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Saturday-Sunday, August 17-18 - The Growing Classroom: An Introduction to Garden-Based Learning (Grades 2-6). For more details and registration information, visit: http://www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops/
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.
Queens Botanical Garden announces the opening of registration for the “Grow More Vegetables,” a free edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in urban settings. The program, with hands-on gardening instruction, consists of six classes, both in the classroom and in the field. There is an application process and preference will be given to participants who work, live, or garden in Queens. The course runs for six Thursdays, April 4-May 9, 6-8pm. Space is limited. For a downloadable application form, visit QBG’s website at www.queensbotanical.org under the Programs and Events tab.