Summer

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.

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.

Youth Garden Grant Winner, Youth Farm

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota youth are learning sustainable, urban growing and healthy eating through Youth Farm, a youth-led, non-profit organization dedicated to smart community gardening. Founded by David Brant and Karen Lehman in 1995, Youth Farm and Market Project began in the Lyndale neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Originally, youth grew and harvested produce to sell in two neighborhood markets.

Voots® and National Gardening Association Celebrate with Washington Elementary

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Sponsor

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†Voots® supplements contain a 550mg blend of 11 fruits and vegetables. Voots® supplements are not intended to replace your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which are important sources of fiber and additional nutrients.

Voots “Get Kids Growing” Garden Grants Celebrates the 2013 Grand Prize Winner

Click here to see all of the 2013 winners!

Salsa Garden

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Growing a salsa garden is an easy and delicious way to spotlight cultural history and teach about nutritious foods.

Youth Program Spotlight: Growing Power Inc. 2012 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies" Grant Winner

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Growing Power Chicago Lights Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city of Chicago.  Since 2002, Growing Power has worked in collaboration with Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church to facilitate the Chicago Lights Urban Farm.

Youth Program Spotlight: Growing Power Inc.

2012 Jamba Juice "It's All About the Fruit and Veggies"
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Growing Power Chicago Lights Urban Farm is located in the heart of the city of Chicago.  Since 2002, Growing Power has worked in collaboration with Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church to facilitate the Chicago Lights Urban Farm.

Promoting Environmental Stewardship through Rain Gardens

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How to Design a Rain Garden

This detailed account provides step-by-step instructions for designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. Additional content provided to use this as a high school activity. Download How to Design a Rain Garden (PDF) »

Instructions for how to install a rain garden and use it to promote environmental stewardship.

Rain Garden at Coolidge High School, Washington DCSchool gardens have a long and successful history with a variety of purposes.  Ninety six percent of the 2010-2011 National Gardening Assoc

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

The Ultimate Back-to-School Snack

A beautiful, double sunflower before it's begun to product seeds

Disguised Learning

According to Karen Hickmott, at Myers Action Institute, disguised learning means “the students have so much fun while learning they do not realize they are strengthening their academic skills.” Through the after-school and summer garden program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, this 2010 grant winning program ha

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