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Beneficial Insects: We Get By with a little Help from Our Friends

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What lives in your garden? Check out this free lesson that explores the garden as a habitat for pollinators, wildlife, and other living organisms. 

We can all use a little help in the garden. And the garden has an army of tiny helpers eager to lend a hand. They are the beneficial insects, ones that behave in ways that are helpful to the crops we grow. These “good bugs” help out in a variety of ways—by hunting and eating (or using as food for their young) insects that are harmful to our crops, by parasitizing insects we consider pests, or by pollinating the fruiting plants we grow.

Honeybees: Powerhouse Pollinators

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Learn how the typical flower entices pollinators and produces seeds by checking out Digging into Flowers and for a hands-on lesson, learn more about how pollinators interact with flowers by creating your own flower!

 

Download our Flower Anatomy worksheet 

When we have breakfast each day, we can thank honeybees for making our meal possible by pollinating the blueberries on our cereal, oranges for our juice, or almonds in our muffins.

Honeybees are powerhouse pollinators, the most important pollinators on the planet. In the United States, commercial beekeepers truck thousands of honeybee hives around the country to large-scale farms to pollinate 100 different crops. Apples, sunflowers (grown as a commercial crop for oil), carrots, broccoli, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and pumpkins are all reliant on honeybee pollination.

Mike Metallo speaks with TODAY anchors Carson Daly and Matt Lauer to Shine A Light on Childhood Hunger

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Join KidsGardening.org and TODAY by supporting Carson Daly's Crowdrise fundraiser!

Now through July 2nd, when you raise $50 you will automatically be entered for a chance to go backstage with Carson Daly at The Voice! Visit CrowdRise Now to Learn More


A Big THANK YOU to the Sponsors Who Have Pledged their Support:


Williston, VT (June 24, 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.

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

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Join KidsGardening.org and TODAY by supporting Carson Daly's Crowdrise fundraiser!

And when you raise $25 or more you will have a chance to win a Garden Starter Package, valued at over $500. See rules.


A Big THANK YOU to the Sponsors Who Have Pledged their Support:

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

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.

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. 

Weed to Table: Dandelions for Dinner!

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Teach children to identify plants! Explore basic botany with the Kidsgardening Let's Get Growing Workbook.


 


 

For a delicious spring treat that is fun to cook, try this kid-approved dandelion fritter recipe!


Ralph Waldo Emerson said “A weed is a plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” Before you weed your garden this spring, consider harvesting a familiar backyard plant for dinner – the dandelion! Believe it or not, this plant has not always been considered a weed.

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!

Save it for a Rainy Day! Conserving Water with a Rain Barrel

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Use rain water in your garden! SAVE 10% on our rain barrels now through the end of March 2014--just use coupon code KGNRAINYDAY at checkout. 

If you want to save money on your water bill, provide your plants with clean water, and teach kids to conserve natural resources -- a rain barrel is the perfect addition for your home or schoolyard. A rain barrel is a way to catch and store rainwater that flows from the roof. One downspout on a roof collects about 25% of rainwater runoff and it only takes a ½” rainfall event to fill a 55-gallon barrel.

Terrific Terrariums: Create Your Own Indoor Garden World

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Download this free lesson on terrariums from GrowLab®: A Complete Guide to Gardening in the Classroom.

What are terrariums?

 Are you ready to start gardening? Design and build a small ecosystem in your classroom by creating your own unique terrarium. Terrariums are miniature gardens, usually grown in glass or plastic containers that provide an easy, low-maintenance way to enjoy plants in the classroom. An excellent learning tool, terrariums can help children understand photosynthesis, the water cycle, and even water conservation.

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