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KidsGardening.org Teams Up with TODAY to Shine A Light on Childhood Hunger

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Williston, VT (May 30, 2014) — As part of TODAY's Shine a Light series, a campaign to support worthy causes throughout the year, TODAY anchor, Carson Daly has chosen to shine a light on childhood hunger and healthy eating in America. He's teamed up with KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit organization based in Vermont, that's on a mission to get a Garden in Every School® across the country.

Video: Carson helps fight hunger with school gardens

Top 5 Tips for Gardening with Kids!

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Looking for more activity ideas and lessons? Go to kidsgardening.org activities and lesson plans! We offer complete step-by-step instructions for many gardening activities. To start, check out this lesson plan on How to Make a Seed Bomb

Do you want your kids to grow up in the garden and learn how to grow their own food? To cultivate a love of gardening and fresh vegetables, involve kids in fun, hands-on garden projects. Garden games and creative approaches to garden activities can inspire kids to explore and learn – all while having a good time! Increase kids’ enthusiasm with these great gardening tips.

School Gardens Cultivate the Future, One Child at a Time

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As part of TODAY's Shine a Light series, a campaign to support worthy causes throughout the year, TODAY & Carson Daly have chosen to shine a light on childhood hunger and healthy eating in America. He's teamed up with KidsGardening.org to get a Garden in Every School® across the country. To kick off this initiative, Daly started with a garden for three schools that share a campus in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York: P.S. &705, P.S. 22, and the Exceed Charter School. Learn more

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Begin by imagining students planting seeds in the school garden, and in a matter of days they observe tiny leaves emerging from the soil. This simple seed starting activity teaches children about the cycle of life as well as where food comes from.

Let's Play - 4 Fun, Outdoor Adventures for Kids!

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Explore nature in the classroom with this lesson plan:

Tree Leaf Botany Identification

"The nature of childhood has changed. There's not much nature in it." -National Wildlife Federation, Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body, and Spirit through Outdoor Play (2010)

Grow up - Vertical Veggie Gardens are on the Rise!

What do children and some plants have in common? They like to climb and they will eventually grow up!  For a fun, productive garden that can add a new dimension to your outdoor space, install a vertical garden. Even if you have limited space, there is always a way to garden. 

Spring 2014 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies" Garden Grant Winners

The exceptional applications we received this year made the selection process incredibly difficult for our team. We want to thank every program that applied and wish we could have awarded all of you. Twenty (20) youth programs have been selected from over 500 applications for the Spring 2014 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies" Garden Grant.

5 Easy Earth Day Activities: From the Recycling Bin to the Garden!

April 22nd marks the annual celebration of Earth Day! It’s a great time to teach children the importance of preserving our planet’s resources. There are many small things kids can do every day to keep the world cleaner and greener. With some creative ingenuity, kids can have fun learning how to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” by transforming common household plastics, such as bottles and milk jugs, into resources for the garden!

Congratulations to the 2014 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant Winners!

This year we recieved over 1,500 exceptional applications for the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant. We want to thank every program that applied, your applications demonstrate the tremendous need and desire for edible gardens across the country and around the world. We wish we could have awarded all of you. Fifty (50) youth programs have been selected from 15 different countries around the world. 

Planting for Pollinators: Construct an Herb Spiral Garden!

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Herbs offer a sensory experience, making them the perfect garden introduction for children. Sensory herbs recommended for children’s gardens include lemon balm, lavender, lamb’s ear and mint varieties. Focus on questions regarding how the plant looks, feels, smells and tastes.

Children and families can also explore the pollinators attracted to herbs as well as the nutritional benefits of herbs. Explore herbs with kids using this sensory worksheet.



Plant for Pollinators!
Attract beneficial pollinators by planting their favorite flowers. This chart will get you started!

We all know that a successful garden needs fertile soil, water, and sunshine to grow. But did you also know garden productivity relies upon the work of pollinators. Pollinators are beneficial wildlife species such as honey bees, hummingbirds and butterflies that transfer pollen between flowers to fertilize them.

2014 Youth Garden Grant Winners!

The exceptional applications we received this year made the selection process incredibly difficult for our team. We want to thank every program that applied and wish we could have awarded all of you. Twenty (20) youth programs have been selected from over 3,000 applications for this year's award.

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