Archive for 2012

Learning Garden 13: First Harvest

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Twenty days after planting tiny radish seeds, the second graders harvested bright red radishes. Radishes are a great first crop; they sprout and grow quickly. Not much for delayed gratification but instant success! The students stood at the edge of the raised bed and pulled their very own radish. They were curious, intrigued, and fascinated with how a tiny seeds grew into a red round vegetable. An excellent example of the natural process of plant growth and development, where the combination of sun, soil, nutrients, water, and air can produce a consumable substance. (more…)

Seed Survivor

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Learning is fun when it’s disguised as a game! (more…)

Third Grader Ag Day

Friday, September 21st, 2012
What is the common link between a strawberry, a hamburger and an egg? Any guesses? Clue #1: It’s a natural resource. Clue #2: It’s the most important ingredient in feeding the world. Clue #3: We walk on it.   (more…)

Mulching a Fall Garden

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Fall vegetables thrive during warm days and cool nights. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: West Liberty FFA

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Written by Emily Stubbs Attention FFA advisors and students: Your chapter could win up to $5,000 through the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s Helping Communities Grow chapter program. (more…)

Learning Garden 12: Teach the Teacher

Saturday, September 8th, 2012
As you can see, the learning garden has sprouted:   I have found that many teachers want to incorporate a learning garden into their curriculum but do not know how to garden. This is not a big issue for the teachers if they collaborate with an experienced gardener, horticulture agent, garden club, or master gardener to help train the teachers. Within a school district and community, I bet there is at least one gardener who would be willing to train the teachers on the basics. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Colfax FFA

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Written by Emily Stubbs Attention FFA advisors and students: Your chapter could win up to $5,000 through the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s Helping Communities Grow chapter program. Colfax FFA excelled in this year’s “Helping Communities Grow” recognition program and won first prize in the state of Washington.  The members of Colfax FFA taught grade school and high school students about the nitrogen cycle and its role in agriculture.  Students rotated through 11-13 minute lessons that offered the chance to “interact” with the nitrogen cycle.  Each station was designed to focus on the overarching idea of the nitrogen cycle while focusing on increasing food production, conserving land, and decreasing pollutants. (more…)

Learning Garden 11: Planting Day

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
In our learning garden, we finally added the most important feature: our students! (more…)

Planting a Fall Garden

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
It is time to sow some seeds. Although, I am still harvesting tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and eggplant from my garden, I can start planting my fall garden. The nighttime temperatures are dropping, which is what our cool season vegetables need. A fall garden allows me to continue feeding my family fresh, homegrown vegetables until winter arrives. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Norco FFA

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Written by Emily Stubbs Attention FFA advisors and students: Your chapter could win up to $5,000 through the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s Helping Communities Grow chapter program. (more…)

Learning Garden 10: How Does Your School’s Garden Grow?

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Contrary to popular belief, carrots do not come from a plastic bag and lettuce is not grown in the supermarket. To help dispute this growing myth, schools, like mine, are showing students exactly where their food comes from – by turning the classroom into a garden. (more…)