There are many stories explaining the discovery of the sugary-syrup made from the sap of maple trees. One of the most well-known is the Legend of Chief Woksis whose wife reportedly discovered maple syrup while preparing venison (deer meat) during the “Season of the Melting Snow.” The legend recounts:
Materials - Types of sugar (i.e., maple syrup, molasses, white sugar, brown sugar, honey), enough for each student to sample - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Share Chapter 7: The Sugar Snow, pg. 117-130. An excellent account of tapping trees for maple sugar. ISBN: 978-0060797508
The National Gardening Association provides material assistance to youth and community garden programs with support from our generous sponsors. To date, 9,310 grants & awards worth $3.7 million reaching an estimated 1.4 million youth in the U.S. have been distributed through our organization. In 2005 we started collecting data to track the impact of our grants programs via a year-end evaluation summary completed by grant recipients. Below are some recent testimonials and results.
When Ginger Clarke’s kindergarteners participated in the harvesting of their first school garden, yanking zucchini was surely a highlight. But then came the taste test. “None of the kids liked it either raw or cooked,” says Ginger. Determined to find a way to get students to try the versatile vegetable, Ginger invited the class to use it to make bread from scratch. It was a hands-down hit. “The kids were amazed by how much they loved it,” she explains.
When Molly Hesser and other home school parents pondered what new project could support their local food and sustainability focus, they came up with a simple twist. Each family would specialize in raising just one type of vegetable, and they’d pool their products. To bring social studies into the mix, youngsters would first interview grandparents and other family elders about favorite foods from the past.
Bright winterberries just cannot be beat for festive winter color. (image by Jessie Keith)It’s amazing how the holiday season hits us earlier every year. It is a shock to see the overnight transition from the Halloween décor at the local stores to dazzling displays of red and green merchandise, as if some momentous event were imminent.
Kids Gardening and the National Gardening Association actively work with schools and communities across the country to provide educational resources and build gardens to promote health, wellness, and sustainability.