Archive for 2012

A Year in Review for Florida’s Regional Representative

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Phosphate rock is one of Florida’s most abundant resources. Farmers all over the world use this natural resource to grow our food. With a large amount of phosphorus coming from Florida, it is important to educate the state’s citizens about why phosphorus, as well as nitrogen, potassium and other plant nutrients, play an important role in getting food on our plates! (more…)

A Year in Review for the Foundation’s Kansas Regional Representative

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Kansas is a diverse agriculture state but is most successful in raising wheat.  In fact, they produce about 276,500,000 million bushels of wheat each year, making them the number one wheat producing state.   (more…)

Together, Our Message Races for Awareness

Monday, December 17th, 2012
At Nutrients for Life Foundation, our goal is to spread awareness about the importance of fertilizer in feeding the world. We partner with many great fertilizer companies that share our passion for educating and promoting agriculture in all of their endeavors, including their family interests. (more…)

A Year in Review for Iowa’s Regional Representative

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Debra Kearney Nutrients for Life Foundation: Iowa Regional Representative (more…)

Learning Garden 16: From the Learning Garden to the Cafeteria

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Would your child willingly eat coleslaw or a radish? If they are involved in gardening, they would! Through our school’s learning garden, all of our students are tasting and eating new vegetables they’ve never liked before. You should hear the parking lot conversations between moms! They are astonished to hear their child request radishes for dinner! Seriously… radishes! Our students are learning how delicious fresh vegetables are. They are excited to try new vegetables because they have ownership and interest in what they have grown in their garden. They are making the connection between soil, seed, science, and their own food supply. (more…)

Learning Garden 15: Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Have you ever opened a package of seeds and been surprised by how tiny the seeds are? I am always amazed at how that seed can produce a bountiful harvest of tomatoes or grow into a forty-foot oak tree. Every seed is unique and full of life! It just needs a few things in its environment to make it grow: sun, water, soil, nutrients, and air. (more…)

Blue and Gold and the Future of Agriculture

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
For 85 years, FFA members from across the nation gather for a national convention. This year 55,000 members and guests, including myself, attended the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout downtown Indy, there was a sea of blue and gold corduroy jackets, excitement and adrenaline, as FFA members competed in career development events, received awards and motivated by the National FFA officers and speakers. It was easy to get swept up by the passion and energy of the convention. (more…)

Come Home to the Farm

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Every fall, American families come home to the farm! It used to be that everyone could visit a relative’s farm.  (more…)

Learning Garden 14: How do you say thank you?

Monday, October 15th, 2012
How do we say thank you to the grantees, sponsors, parents, volunteers, community members, teachers, and staff, which helped build a $45,000 outdoor classroom and learning garden? There are so many to thank that we decided to have a Garden Gala. The purpose was to provide the opportunity for the invested parties to see the finished garden hear first-hand how the students and teachers have embraced this new classroom. (more…)

Soils and AP Science

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Look at these scientists! Lead by AP science teacher, Nancy Bridge, these students measured the amount of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) present in five different soil types. Did you know they could do that? When I want to know the levels of NPK, I send soil samples to the soil scientist at the university. Skip the university - in Mrs. Bridge’s class, the students get to do it themselves. How cool is that? (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Informational Webinar

Friday, October 5th, 2012
ATTN: FFA Advisors and Chapter Presidents Want to learn more information about Nutrients for Life’s Helping Communities Grow program? Tune in to our informational webinar! Monday, October 22, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time – OR – Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (more…)