Archive for the ‘Service Projects’ Category

2015-2016 Helping Communities Grow FFA Program Winners

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
There were many outstanding applications in our Helping Communities Grow program with 100 total participating FFA chapters across 17 states reaching over 600,000 community members. The program challenged FFA chapters to investigate and discover the critical role fertilizer plays in improving plant health for an abundant, affordable, and safe food supply. (more…)

Sharing the Wealth

Monday, September 30th, 2013
I feel like I am living a version of “Tomatoes Gone Wild.” Our garden has out produced the needs of my family of five. The cupboards, pantry, storage closet, and freezer are full of garden fresh goodness preserved for winter meals, especially anything and everything tomato based. (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…)

Helping Communities Grow Spotlight: Ft. White FFA

Thursday, August 2nd, 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…)

Rescuing Nutrient-Starved Tomatoes

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Today, my garden grew by 80 tomato plants...temporarily! Our school plant sale ended weeks ago; however, I have been watering the unsold veggies at the school every day since then. I have watched them go from dark green to pale green and yellow. Of course, I turned this into a teachable moment and showed my girls the difference between a healthy tomato plant and one that is weak and sickly looking. It was obvious, the plants were missing something; they were paralyzed in their little pots, just waiting with all of the potential to provide a summer of tomatoes, if given a chance.  At one point, I considered throwing them in the compost pile just to put them out of their misery and get rid of the water chore. However, I could not bear to let them go to waste! (more…)

Plant, grow and learn! Getting your hands dirty to teach kids about soil nutrients

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Planning a youth garden camp takes time, creativity and a lot of help! I have led this particular youth camp for several years now and strive to make each one hands-on, educational and fun. This year we had 70 campers whose ages ranged from 5-15. Fortunately, I had 18 extension master gardeners, whose ages I will not mention, volunteer to help.   The campers were all part of a 4-H program at the Air Force Base. They arrived at the extension office in color coordinated shirts and were eager to get their hands dirty… well most of them. (more…)

Perennials vs. Annuals in Your Landscape

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Our school contains a passionate group of teachers, parents, and administrators that dream of building an outdoor classroom at our elementary school. Since I love dirt, plants, and kids, it’s fitting that I am elbow deep in this project. Bringing this vision to a reality takes years of planning and fund raising from a community of dedicated people. One method of fundraising has been a plant sale. (more…)

10 Ideas for Gardening Volunteer Projects

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
This week, I received a call from my next door neighbor, Marilyn. She was at the grocery store and they had just unloaded a fine selection of Japanese maples (I find it amazing you can buy trees at almost any grocery store during spring). Marilyn called to get my “expert” opinion, “Can I plant this in my yard and where should I plant it?” Aren’t we all guilty of this type of impulse buy? (more…)

Cactus, Politics, and Fertilizer

Friday, February 18th, 2011
I attended the 2011 Fertilizer Marketing Business Meeting in Arizona last week. My home in the Midwest was covered in snow; the Arizona sun was a warm welcome change. I delighted in the opportunity to explore and investigate the local vegetation. I was most intrigued by the Saguaro Cactus. (more…)

Feeding the World

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we are in the spirit of giving. We reflect on our own abundance and consider those who are less fortunate. (more…)

Poison Ivy: An Itching Sensation

Friday, October 1st, 2010
All I can think about is scratching my left arm. Unfortunately, I have poison ivy. If you have had it, you know exactly what I am talking about. If you have never had it, be grateful. (more…)