Archive for 2014

FFA Friday: Florida

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Happy FFA Friday! Florida had sixteen participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow Program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Lincoln Middle FFA, Fort White FFA, and Hamilton County FFA. The Lincoln Middle FFA took top honors for a project addressing the issues in food availability, quality, and stability. The chapter gave presentations to the community about growing fresh produce in small spaces and the importance of fertilizer. Fort White FFA won second place for educational presentations about the importance of plant nutrients in the production of food in their very own back yard. The chapter was able to donate 590 pounds of mustard greens to two charities, serving over 190 families. Hamilton County FFA took third place for research on different aquatic plants and the plants ability to removed nutrients and improve water quality. They learned that nutrients the aquatic plants drew in from the water made the plants grow quickly and also cleaned the water. Congratulations to all of the Florida chapters that participated! The Nutrients for Life Foundation program in Florida is supported by the program’s founding sponsor Agrium Inc. FFA chapters, remember to complete step 1, by November 14, 2014, to participate in the 2014-2015 program! Details can be found at

FFA Friday: Colorado

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Today we have another FFA Friday post spotlighting great projects from the state of Colorado. The Helping Communities Grow program in Colorado had six participating FFA chapters this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Plateau Valley FFA, Boulder Career and Technical Education Center FFA and Fort Morgan FFA! (more…)

Problem Solving: Garden Challenges

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Every gardener faces challenges in their garden at some point. Arguably, the most frustrating issue is when the garden isn't producing. I recently received this text from a friend, “Garden is weird; it’s tall and full, but not producing.” (more…)

FFA Friday: California

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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! (more…)

FFA Friday: At Large

Friday, August 15th, 2014
It’s FFA Friday! Today we are highlighting the top chapters from the At Large category. The Helping Communities Grow program’s at large category had eleven participating FFA chapters this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Canby FFA, Troy FFA, and Corinth Holders FFA. (more…)

Problem Solving: Weeds

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
For the first time ever, I used the lawnmower in the garden! Yep, the weeds were so bad; I decided to mow them down. It was a quick solution to a weedy mess! Don’t worry; I didn’t mow the entire garden, just one small section that got out of control. The garden looks better and I don’t feel guilty about letting the weeds get out of control.  Problem solving and gardening go hand in hand! Mowing was the answer this time! (more…)

Contest: Racing to Feed the World through Soil Science

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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. (more…)

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

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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. (more…)

FFA Friday: Arizona

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Each year, Nutrients for Life encourages FFA chapters to educate their communities about nutrients and soil science through the Helping Communities Grow chapter recognition program. Projects are developed based on our free curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. (more…)

Pink Tractor: Balcony Garden

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
This is our second guest post from Pink Tractor and we love the topic! I have mentioned before that while working on our advanced degrees, my husband and I lived in a tiny apartment with an even tinier balcony. We were living off student loans and trying to make the most of it. (more…)

10 Reasons to Visit Your Farmers Market

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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. (more…)