Nutrients are an important part of our lives.

See how they help feed the world and keep the Earth green through activities such as gardening.


NSTA in the Windy City!

March 25, 2015 | 10:03 am

Chicago is always a great place to visit and this year the National NSTA conference was held in the windy city. The conference ordered some beautiful weather that put the teachers attending in the mood to learn and take home new ideas for their science classrooms.

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Gardening Calendar: Spring Garden Tips

March 20, 2015 | 8:03 am

Today is the first day of Spring! That means fun in the mud at my house! Spring means different things around the country; it’s time take advantage of the warmer weather and start prepping the garden and yard. Here’s a look at your March to-do list. Pick your region and get to work.

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Preparing Soil for Winter

October 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

Leaves are falling and the air is crisp; fall is definently here. Another year eaten, canned and preserved! The garden season is over. It’s time to put away canning supplies, garden tools and prepare for winter to come.

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Educate Your Community & Earn Money For Your FFA Chapter

October 21, 2014 | 10:10 am

Attention FFA Chapters and FFA Advisors: Educate Your Community & Earn Money For Your FFA Chapter. The Nutrients for Life Foundation is accepting application for the 2014-2015 Helping Communities Grow program!

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From The Ground Up: The Science of Soil Year Two Launch!

October 14, 2014 | 10:10 am

Today we are launching new activities and features on From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil!

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FFA Friday: Louisiana

October 10, 2014 | 9:10 am

Happy FFA Friday! Louisiana had six participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow Program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Ponchatoula FFA, Central LaForche FFA, and St. Amante FFA.


Nutrients in the Garden 20: Pumpkins & Peanuts

October 06, 2014 | 9:10 am

We did it! For the first time ever, we grew pumpkins and peanuts! Adding new crops to the garden keeps our fingernails dirty and our interested peaked.


FFA Friday: Kansas

October 03, 2014 | 8:10 am

Welcome back to FFA Friday! Kansas had nine participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow Program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Inman FFA, Clay Center FFA, and Ellsworth FFA.


FFA Friday: Iowa

September 26, 2014 | 10:09 am

We are back with another FFA Friday post! Iowa had eighteen participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA, South-Tama FFA, and Westwood FFA.


FFA Friday: Illinois

September 19, 2014 | 9:09 am

Prairie Central FFA Takes First Place Award Honors; Cuba FFA Wins Second, and Maroa Forsyth FFA Wins Third Place

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10 Ways Soil Nutrients are Similar to Human Nutrients

September 18, 2014 | 9:09 am

“Show me your hands! Wow, they look too clean! Let’s get them dirty!” School is way more fun when the students get to dig in! I am a regular volunteer at our school garden and the students love to see me in the hallway because they know they are going to get dirty while they learn.

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Dee McKenna

As a stay at home mom of three girls, I have a passion for creating childhood memories and teachable moments. We are a get-up and go family and love being outside and in the "dirt."
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
October 31, 2013 | 3:47pm
Ms. Meggers is an avid gardener and overall soil enthusiast! She teaches seventh and eighth grade at Interstate 35 Secondary in Madison County, Iowa where she and fellow teacher, Hannah Ludwig, created a beautiful school garden. Ms. Meggers also teaches soil science in the classroom with Nutrients for Life materials. Read on to find out why one of the Foundation games is her favorite resource to get kids to "dig it!"