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.


FFA Friday: California

August 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

Welcome back for another FFA Friday Post! The 2013-2014 Helping Communities Grow program in California had eleven participating FFA chapters. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Hughson FFA, Liberty Ranch FFA and Healdsburg FFA!

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FFA Friday: At Large

August 15, 2014 | 10:08 am

It’s FFA Friday! Today we are highlighting the top chapters from the At Large category.

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Problem Solving

August 14, 2014 | 10:08 am

For the first time ever, I used the lawnmower in the garden! Yep, the weeds were so bad; I decided to mow them down.

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Contest: Racing to Feed the World through Soil Science

August 05, 2014 | 10:08 am

Attention High School Science Teachers: Start Your Engines! Nutrients for Life Foundation has partnered with BRANDT Consolidated – a leading agricultural company that serves growers around the globe –to organize a “Racing to Feed the World” contest for high school students.


Teacher Retreat Recap: A Meeting of the Minds at the Mine

July 28, 2014 | 8:07 am

With beautiful mountain ranges as a backdrop, eight educators from around the country recently convened at the Simplot Smoky Canyon mine to “talk soil.” Their mission was an important one: guide the development of future education materials for the Nutrients for Life Foundation.

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FFA Friday: Arizona

July 25, 2014 | 9:07 am

This year, we had overwhelming participation by chapters across the country in the Helping Communities Grow program! In the coming months, we will be highlighting the hard work of winning chapters from each category.

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Pink Tractor: Balcony Garden

July 23, 2014 | 12:07 pm

This is our second guest post from Pink Tractor and we love the topic! For those of us with space constraints, this gardening post is for you. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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10 Reasons to Visit Your Farmers Market

July 18, 2014 | 9:07 am

While I wait for my garden to mature, I support my local farmers market and road side stands. I have always been grateful for farmers markets. They have given me fresh produce when I didn’t have the time and space to plant my own garden. During my youth, the farmers market was a source of income (and entertainment) for my family.

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Nutrients in the Garden 19: Garden Maintenance

July 08, 2014 | 10:07 am

We are in the dog days of summer and there isn’t a lot to report in the garden. The hail set us back so while others are harvesting, we are waiting and watching for everything to grow, bloom and produce. As we wait; we water, weed and fertilize.


Nutrients in the Garden 18: Oh Hail

June 25, 2014 | 11:06 am

Oh Hail! I watched the dark clouds roll in as I weeded the garden. I thought I would weed until it started raining, however, when the lightning started I headed to the house. Within twenty minutes, the garden was gone. Hail and high winds shredded my tender plants as I helplessly watched from the window.


Meet Pink Tractor

June 17, 2014 | 4:06 pm

We have a big garden, a few acres of brome hay, one heifer, two steers and a barn full of cats. I wish I could say that was enough to make me a farmer, but it doesn’t. I just tell people we pretend to farm.

Meet the Author
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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!"