Archive for the ‘Fertilizer’ 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 

Fertilizing the Garden with the 4R’s of Nutrient Management

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
The garden looks green and healthy. I spent the last hour pulling weeds! Boy, do they grow fast! The carrots are thinner than I want and my green bean stand is weak as well. I will plant a few more rows of green beans to make up for what didn’t germinate earlier this spring. I have spent hours planting, watering, tilling, hoeing, weeding and now it’s time to fertilize! (more…)

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…)

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
  It’s Earth Day, so let’s celebrate the Earth! I love the feel of finely tilled soil and it’s earthy smell. Did you know that only 3 % of the entire Earth provides all of our food? We are dependent on this tiny bit of Earth for every morsel we put to our mouth. (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 11: Why Fertilize?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Snow and rain have me talking about gardening rather than actually gardening. I’m not complaining. We need the moisture and it gives me the opportunity to help a few friends by planting seeds of inspiration for their first garden. (more…)

Teacher Spotlight: Elizabeth Main

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Meaningful experiences outside of the classroom are just as important for teachers as for the students they teach.  One opportunity for an outdoor experience came to Elizabeth Main, Florida elementary school teacher, in the form of a phosphate mine tour through Florida Ag in the Classroom. (more…)

New Resource: Potash Video & Potassium Cycle Poster

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is proud to provide its latest free education resources: The Potash Mining Video and Potassium Cycle Poster. Every plant needs three basic elements to grow nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Potassium (K) is important to plants because it acts as a regulator. It helps plants efficiently use water, transfer food, and protect against structural stress. If a plant is deficient in potassium, it is much more susceptible to stunted growth and disease. K is found naturally in soil, but sometimes must be replaced, especially after years of growing plants on the same land. So where do we get the K in fertilizer that provides all these great benefits? From mining potash in deposits of ancient evaporated inland oceans. To learn more, watch The Potash Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uujIepkI6Ow   Also, check out our new Potassium Cycle Poster available free through our website. It is so meaningful for science classes to expose students to natural biogeochemical cycles, such as the potassium cycle. Even if students are unable to recall every aspect of the potassium or phosphorus cycle months after your class, the concept of the cyclical nature of earth’s major resources is an essential concept for tomorrow’s generation.   Mineral weathering, plant residues, animal sources, and fertilizers supply K to the plant roots. In some soils, mineral weathering primarily supplies enough potassium to provide sufficient amounts of K, with help from plant residues, biosolids, and animal sources. However, continual use of the soil for crops or gardening can deplete potassium faster than natural weather and other sources can replenish it. Runoff, erosion, plant harvest, and leaching can be causes for potassium loss. In those cases, potassium fertilizer can restore amounts. We hope these new resources invigorate your soil science lessons and are a helpful addition to your classroom! Keep up with the Foundation- Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube 

Teacher Spotlight: Tracy Mendoza

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
"When students see pictures of starving children in Africa, it never dawns on them to ask 'why?'" This is one reason Tracy Mendoza feels teaching soil science is so important.  As a Gifted Education teacher for grades 1 through 5 at Northlake Park Community School in Orlando, FL, Ms. Mendoza is passionate about teaching students to think globally. (more…)

Watermelon Invasion!

Friday, September 13th, 2013
My girls love watermelon. We buy watermelon flavored candy, lip gloss, toothpaste, and drinks! So, of course, our garden has watermelon, too! (more…)