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Inspiration, news and resources to help teach children about healthy nutrition through gardening!
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Seeds of knowledge — and kale — thrive at CYP gardens

Seeds of knowledge — and kale — thrive at CYP gardens | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Kids have a hand in growing their own food
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Another 4-H curriculum that I love is "Eating Healthy from Farm to Fork". It is well written and full of wonderful activities for the children. I have used the 1st grade curriculum and the 2nd grade curriculum however, both can be adapted and modified easily to be used with multiple age groups. They offer insight into California's agriculture, past and present, the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and fun and delicious recipies.

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Fun Classroom Activities and Experiments to Interest Children / Kids in Growing Plants

Fun Classroom Activities and Experiments to Interest Children / Kids in Growing Plants | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
There are several fun classroom activities that will get children interested in growing plants and finding out more about them.

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Use trellises to grow peas in early spring and cherry tomatoes in late summer. You can teach children knots and lashing skills making trellises. And, the kids love picking the peas, shelling them, cooking and eating them. And, if you can keep the kids from eating the cherry tomatoes right off the vine then you can use them in different recipes: salads, pastas and kabobs! 

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Brittany Anne Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2013 10:08 PM

so i know this does not fall under the category of art but i remeber doing this as a kid in my elementary school and i thought this was so cool so i had to pin it

Sara Hocamp's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:55 PM

I love that new activities and possibly cirriculum are being introduced to children at any age! I hope this will encourage children to grow vegetables in their own garden at some point.

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CFAITC: Cream of the Crop

CFAITC: Cream of the Crop | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Download and subscribe to the Cream of the Crop educator newsletter.
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This is a great resource to use. There are always many different topics covered: announcements of upcoming events, workshops and training opprtunities, various crops, special interest stories and links to other resources as well.

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Teaching garden comes full circle - The Albany Herald

Teaching garden comes full circle - The Albany Herald | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Teaching garden comes full circle
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"In a way, it teaches children how to eat healthy.
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Planting Seeds of Science: Gardeng with Kids - Kindergarten ...

Planting Seeds of Science: Gardeng with Kids - Kindergarten ... | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Planting Seeds of Science: Gardening with Kids. ... Gardening provides magical opportunities for children to learn through science as they explore the outdoors and watch a seed grow into food. They can learn about the life ...
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Ashley Cox's comment, May 3, 2013 9:39 PM
I love the idea of having students learn science through hands on activities! Would definitely create a class garden for learning. Thanks for posting!
Mac Cagle's comment, May 7, 2013 2:45 PM
I like the idea of a first hand lesson on both nutrition and plant life for younger kids. as well as just being a fun activity with a product at the end. good plan
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Kentucky's First Lady celebrates Earth Day with garden visit to Veterans Park ... - KyForward.com

Kentucky's First Lady celebrates Earth Day with garden visit to Veterans Park ... - KyForward.com | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Kentucky's First Lady celebrates Earth Day with garden visit to Veterans Park ...
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I love planting themed gardens with kids! It helps to get them excited about cooking and eating what they grow. Some of my favorite themed gardens: Salsa Garden, Pizza Garden and Stir-Fry Garden!

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Hannah Dineley's comment, May 8, 2013 12:12 AM
This is great to see the commnunity coming together to celebrate Earth Day as well as show the youth that gardening is important.
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School gardens can help teach healthy eating habits (Family Living Focus) - York Daily Record

School gardens can help teach healthy eating habits (Family Living Focus) - York Daily Record | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
School gardens can help teach healthy eating habits (Family Living Focus)
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Overall, by participating in school gardens, children learn where their vegetables come from and gain experience nurturing them to the table.
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AP's comment, May 1, 2013 2:29 PM
I think school gardens are a great idea. I love the fact of getting kids to think differently about the food that they put in their mouth. Watching their own food grow can help them appreciate the process of making healthy foods, and vegetables or fruit in general. Along with this, I love the idea of not only getting kids outside but getting their hands dirty as well. Hopefully school gardens may influence children to start their own gardens at home which may help influence their family members to eat along with getting them off the couch and outside.
AP's comment, May 1, 2013 2:30 PM
*to eat healthy
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Gardening with kids (activities, projects and ideas) - Craftionary

Gardening with kids (activities, projects and ideas) - Craftionary | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Gardening with kids. Kids Garden projects for spring and summer. Kids garden learning activities. Teach kids gardening. Make DIY garden projects kid ideas.
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Sara Hocamp's comment, May 1, 2013 10:07 PM
This is a fun website for teachers, parents and kids! I thought this would be great for parents to do with their children during summer break!
Hannah Dineley's comment, May 8, 2013 12:12 AM
Great resource!
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Charlotte students' learning grows with garden - Charlotte Observer

Charlotte students' learning grows with garden - Charlotte Observer | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Charlotte students' learning grows with garden
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A group of fifth-graders at Hawk Ridge Elementary enjoy growing vegetables for others in need right now. ...
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Good Samaritan Children's Garden encourages healthier lifestyle [WITH VIDEO] - The Valley Town Crier

Good Samaritan Children's Garden encourages healthier lifestyle [WITH VIDEO] - The Valley Town Crier | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Good Samaritan Children's Garden encourages healthier lifestyle [WITH VIDEO]
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Alice Lee Penrod, Good Samaritan Jr.
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Edible Schoolyard Garden Program Overview

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These students gain pride, a sense of ownership and experience joy working in their garden. "You know you have a successful garden when you have to keep telling kids to stop eating the turnips!"

 

And, I want a green house at the youth center!

 

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Sara Hocamp's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:08 AM

Great video and a great inside look into the benefits of having a school garden!

Hannah Dineley's comment, May 8, 2013 12:09 AM
Awesome video! When students have pride in what they are doing they take information from the experience, as well as delicious veggies to eat.
Kari Rose's comment, May 9, 2013 2:39 PM
Great insight and tips one day if you plan on having your own garden at school.
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Days of Taste - Chef Paul Buchanan

Chef Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy Catering was at the Catalyst Space in Long Beach, CA teaching a workshop on Healthy Food Systems. Afterwards, he shares ...
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Chef Paul is a good friend of my husband, Roland Tamai of Tamai Farms, who brings children out to the Harbor Area Farmers Markets in Long Beach. Roland, a 3rd generation farmer, speaks with the kids answering their many questions and sends them home with farm fresh produce!

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School Gardening Articles | kidsgardening.org

School Gardening Articles | kidsgardening.org | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
National Gardening Association offers the Web's largest and most respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.

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Stacey Tamai's comment, May 3, 2013 2:28 PM
I love this site and have used many lesson plans in the Youth Center! I especially enjoy the "Growing Food" article. Tomato lovers should check it out!
Kandace Mangold's comment, May 4, 2013 9:47 PM
I wish I did more stuff like this in school. The only gardening I did was when my mom would have me pull weeds when I was bored as a child, because of that I hate to garden now.
Hannah Dineley's comment, May 8, 2013 12:10 AM
Creating fun activities in the garden insure that the students will come back.
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GrowingFoodLesson5.pdf

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Alicia Milanowski's comment, May 7, 2013 8:52 PM
How awesome and easy! This would be wonderful to implement into all sorts of subject matter and lessons. Thank you for posting all this wonderful information regarding gardening. I would love to integrate this into my classroom when I am a teacher.
Belinda Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 9:24 PM
Love this!!
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Red corn? A-maize-ing!

Red corn? A-maize-ing! | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Youngsters have fun harvesting, eating their latest crop
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I strongly believe in leading by example! This article is proof! For more information on different varieties of any produce visit your local farmer's market, stop by the information table and ask which farmers are there that day. You'll get more information from the farmer directly and they may even be willing to give you some seeds for you to try and grow yourself!

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Belinda Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 9:24 PM
I would do this, super cool! :)
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California School Garden Training Program

California School Garden Training Program | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Join the CSGT Workshop Notification List to be notified of future CSGT workshop announcements and locations.
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Jennifer Buckley's comment, May 2, 2013 5:05 PM
I never had a school garden while I was in elementary school. I wish my teachers would of took part in workshops like these, I believe my classmates and me would of been able to benefit from a school garden.
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Young Gardener & Kid's Garden: a children's book and 40 card

Young Gardener & Kid's Garden: a children's book and 40 card | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Kid's garden would make a terrific addition to your collection of children's gardening books and activities: the cards are easy to wipe off, they are colorful and attractive to young children, and they are easy to use.
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Teacher training in gardening slated May 10 in Lyford - AgriLife Today

Teacher training in gardening slated May 10 in Lyford - AgriLife Today | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Teacher training in gardening slated May 10 in Lyford AgriLife Today Research by Texas A&M University, its agencies and partners has shown that school children involved in gardening and using the Junior Master Gardener curriculum improve their...
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Ridgecrest Elementary idea blooms into a garden - Houston Chronicle

Ridgecrest Elementary idea blooms into a garden - Houston Chronicle | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Ridgecrest Elementary idea blooms into a garden
Houston Chronicle
Teachers plan to use the outdoor classroom in all types of lessons. Thomas said students will learn ...
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Farm 2 Table Book Can Inspire School Garden Activities | CSGN

Farm 2 Table Book Can Inspire School Garden Activities | CSGN | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
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"The new publication from the Network for a Healthy—California Children’s Power Play! Campaign takes kids on a fun learning adventure from farm to table, engaging them in how fruits and vegetables are grown, in what regions of California, at what seasons and much, much more."

 

"The new Farm 2 Table Adventure is an incredibly engaging and instructional activity guide for children. Download your copy of it today."

 

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Sue Blough's comment, May 8, 2013 12:11 AM
This helps kids learn more about their state, as well as connect the food on their plate with a job or possible career.
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Growing Their Garden; Clayton Ridge FFA and FCCLA Members ...

Growing Their Garden; Clayton Ridge FFA and FCCLA Members ... | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
Students learned how to prepare elementary-level lesson plans, how to manage a classroom, and how to interact with children of different ages. They also learned more about the obesity epidemic and the importance of ...
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Berkeley schools' cooking, gardening programs in peril - Berkeleyside

Berkeley schools' cooking, gardening programs in peril - Berkeleyside | Gardening with Children to Healthy Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Berkeley schools' cooking, gardening programs in peril
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The benefits of the cooking and gardening programs are countless say teachers and parents. Kids learn to cook and eat healthy food.
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