Archive for the ‘Farming’ Category

Let It Grow! contest

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Discovery Education and the Nutrients for Life Foundation have joined forces again to give six lucky schools a chance to win big with the second annual Let It Grow Contest from the partnership program,  From the Ground Up:The Science of Soil. Open to educators and community adults nationwide, the Let It Grow Contest encourages entrants to vote DAILY for a middle school* of their choice for a chance to win an agricultural grant, which could be used towards a school garden or gardening supplies, professional development, and more! Check out the Prizing: One Grand Prize winning school will receive a $5,000 agricultural grant and an introduction to a local agronomist! Five Runners-Up will each win a $1,000 agricultural grant and an opportunity to win a celebratory school assembly. Entering is Easy: Answer five soil related quiz questions to unlock the contest application Find your school Provide your contact information Most importantly, come back and enter daily Don't forget to share with your friends for extra entry opportunities! *includes all 6-8 public, private and parochial schools, or schools with a middle component, e.g. K-12 institutions 

Columbus Soil Science School Tour

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Written by Nutrients for Life's Ohio Representative Margo Long There’s something so rewarding about working in an industry that provides food to the world’s population! Who knew agriculture could be full of endless opportunities to learn, to grow, and to be an important contributor to the world’s food supply? (more…)

Pick Strawberries Near You!

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Today is Pick Strawberries Day! Have you and your family been out to pick these delicious berries right off the plant yet this spring? There's something wonderful about fresh strawberries eaten straight from the plant.  With each bite, one can taste the careful care taken to produce the delicious red fruit. (more…)

Behind the Scenes: From Soil to Store Virtual Field Trip

Monday, January 11th, 2016
  Wow! Over 54,000 students joined us in December for our Live from the Farm: From Soil to Store virtual field trip event! If you were one of them, thank you for tuning in. (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…)

Meet Pink Tractor

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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. (more…)

Autumn Optimism

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Well, it’s the middle of October. How can that be? Time has a way of moving quickly and I find myself emotionally tied to the fall season. (more…)

An Agriculture Snapshot: Sweet Corn Harvest

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
All across the United States, farmers rise with the sun, walk out the door, and into their business. I was home visiting my dad, when I had the opportunity to “rise with the sun” to pick a day’s worth of sweet corn. Once a farmer’s daughter, always a farmer’s daughter. I was happy help...with camera in hand. We were in the machine shed by 5:00 AM to do the morning chores and to get everything ready before the corn picking crew arrived at 5:30. (more…)

I’m Farming and I Grow It

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
How many of you have spent a few extra minutes watching silly YouTube videos before?  Social media websites, like YouTube, have the potential to reach millions of people around the world with the simple click of a button.  On June 25th, the Peterson brothers of Kansas posted a parody music video titled “I’m Farming and I Grow It” on YouTube, and it quickly went viral. Today, 4.9 million viewers have watched them dance and sing the message that farming is still a family business.  My three daughters and I loved the song; we were laughing and dancing along with the Peterson brothers.  The catchy tune had us singing, “I’ve got passion for my plants, and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it.” Their commitment to agriculture came alive through the computer screen. (more…)

A Teacher’s Book List on Gardening and Agriculture

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Rhoda Switzer, a teacher at an independent Montessori school in Maryland, recently created a comprehensive book list about agriculture, gardening, and everything in between for a Nutrients for Life workshop at the Maryland Association for Outdoor Education Conference (MAEOE).  As a whole, children today know less and less about where their food comes from and what it takes to get food on the table.  But teachers like Rhoda Switzer are working to educate students on the importance of agriculture in their day-to-day lives.  In the spring, her students work on Lesson 5 of our Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century elementary curriculum:  Planning a Garden.  Ms. Switzer sees the value environmental education, such as having a vermicompost bin as a classroom pet and integrating environmental lessons into her classes.  Her school is also developing and installing a new playground for the school, in which they aim to have certified as a Nature Explorer space through the Arbor Day Foundation, and maintaining a butterfly garden.  Below is an excerpt from her book list; do you have other books to suggest for teaching soil science? (more…)

McDonald’s Restaurants Recognize Farmers

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Go ahead and judge me...we eat McDonald’s...often. I know, I know! I have to give the mega franchise credit for being convenient and affordable. You know the scene, we are running errands, and the whines from the backseat are getting louder. The cries for “food break, mom” so she pulls under the golden arches. I know I am not the only mom swinging in the drive thru for a quick meal, because they sell approximately 4.2 million hamburgers a day (yep, a day) in the United States. That’s a lot of beef! However, my favorite McDonald’s indulgence is the french fry. McDonald’s restaurants report that they buy 3.42 billion pounds of potatoes each year. Hmm, looks like I am in good company and not the only one craving their french fry.  My point: McDonald’s is a large consumer of American agriculture. (more…)