The Youth Garden Grant

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The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,241 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. Visit The Home Depot Garden Club site for more information.

Plants. Soil. Shovels.

Inspiration. Motivation. Recognition.

As sponsor of the Youth Garden Grant Program, The Home Depot provides schools and nonprofit organizations with the tangible and intangible supplies needed to grow and sustain vibrant youth gardening programs.

World Food Day: October 16, 2012

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Download this free classroom guide from Kidsgardening and Oxfam America:

World Food Day Classroom Guide for Educators

World Food Day is a great opportunity for students and teachers to understand more about global approaches to ending hunger. This year’s theme is “Agricultural cooperatives—key to feeding the world”. Observing the day as a school or individual classroom is one of the best ways to raise awareness about food instability and other food-related issues like malnutrition. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t know where to start!

The Kitchen [Community] Learning Gardens

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  • One of seven kids who enter kindergarten is obese.
  • The Journal of the American Dietetic Association published a study finding sixth-grade students involved in a garden-based nutrition education program increased their fruit and vegetable consumption by 2.5 servings per day, more than doubling their overall fruit and vegetable consumption. McAleese JD, Rankin LL. Garden-based nutrition education affects fruit and vegetable consumption in sixth-grade adolescents. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:662-665.

Designed as an educational tool to inspire spontaneous play by children and create an attractive outdoor classroom for teachers, the non-profit The Kitchen [Community] developed an innovative raised bed system known as Learning Gardens to combat obesity at schools around the U.S. “Our hope is that the Learning Gardens will give children an understanding of food, healthy eating, and environmental stewardship through lesson plans and activities that tie into the existing school curriculum,” says Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen [Community].

Know Your Food

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The 2012 Food Day School Curriculum was designed for educators as a Food Day resource that can be used in the classroom or to increase your own knowledge about what it means to Eat Real: Download the 2012 Food Day School Curriculum

Many times gardening is promoted as a way to teach youth where their food comes from.

Many times gardening is promoted as a way to teach youth where their food comes from. This phrase, “know where your food comes from,” is one that has received much attention and rightfully so.

Looking for Opportunities to Grow

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Looking for Activites to Help Youth Grow?

Download these free attachments and get your students outside!

Discover a Rain Garden (PDF) »
Discover a Sensory Garden (PDF) »

When faced with numerous challenges, probation officers at Rockwall County Juvenile Services have decided to teach their youth to grow.

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  • Partnership to GRO1000 Gardens

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    Get a taste of the activities NGA brings to the GRO1000 events. Download a free copy now!  

    Community gardens are being established nationwide through GRO1000.

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  • Sharing the Love: Spreading Seeds

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    How-To: Make A Seed Bomb


    • Clay (purchase at craft stores)
    • Compost or potting soil
    • Seeds (we recommend easy-to-grow or native varieties)

    Bring this activity home, or share it in the classroom with these easy step-by-step directions (PDF). »

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own seed bombs.

    Taking a walk together as a family is a great way to teach your kids about varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. It's an unstressful time to engage and allow them to ask questions about their own local environment.

    Developing Character in the Garden

    Anti-Bullying Strategies
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    Creating a No-Bully Zone

    Although the 2011-2012 school year is coming to an end, this is a great time to start planning an anti-bullying unit for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Here is an activity to guide you and your students through the process of designing your own anti-bullying contract.

    Download the Bullying Prevention Activity (PDF) »

    A principal's insight on how school gardens can eliminate bullying.    

    Young gardeners contributing to the larger effort of beautifying the school.Within a garden live many individual plants. Each of these plants alone can be beautiful and unique, but as a whole, alongside all the other plants, they are so much more.

    “Because Your Children Live What They Learn…”

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    Here are some meaningful plant selections to incorporate into your peace garden:

    Rhododendron - in Russia, the blossoms signify peace, health, and purity

    Mistletoe - in Scandinavia, associated with Frigga, the goddess of love

    White pine tree - for the Native American Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations Peoples, the five needles joined together indicate unity

    Peace Rose - a rose variety introduced in 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II

    Sunflowers - a symbol of freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons during the 1990s. Sunflowers are warm and welcoming; grow in friendly crowds; and produce nutritious seeds for people and wildlife.

    Cosmos - named after the Greek word for well-ordered universe; symbolizes peace and order

    Education in the garden is a great way to teach kids to live responsibly and peacefully.This philosophy, from the creator of Playschool Child Care, Inc., Carol Acosta, is what continues to guide the program more than 25 years later.

    Growing BIG in the Great Outdoors

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    Bonnie Plants’ Third Grade Cabbage Program is a free program offered to third grade classrooms nationwide. The purpose is to support youth to eat healthy and be garden advocates. To support this purpose, Bonnie Plants offers resources online to help students grow their cabbage. In addition, lesson ideas and recipes are provided along with help for teachers and parents. Visit the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program website for more details about registration.

    You can also view a complete list of the Third Grade Cabbage Program scholarship winners for 2011 for each state. 

    Being outside has so much to offer; whether you are a gardener or not, there is a place for you in the Great Outdoors. Each year, thousands of third graders nationwide find a special place outside by participating in a program which challenges them to grow an oversized cabbage.

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