The slogan "Think Different" has become a mantra for a generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. So when high-tech-millionaire-turned-restaurateur Kimbal Musk envisioned a network of Learning Gardens for public schools, he didn't settle for the usual framed, raised beds.
School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.
Chrissa Carlson, the Garden and Nutrition Educator at Baltimore's Hampstead Hill Academy, shares her expertise in implementing Nutrition Education into the school curriculum via the Youth Gardening program.
"Fall may end this year's gardening season, but it is the perfect time to begin preparations for next year," explained Martha Smith. "Taking care of a few details now means fewer chores, pests, and problems next spring."
Buffalo Public School 90 is a shining example of how the outdoors can be used to make a lasting impression in children’s lives. The school’s courtyard used to be an underwhelming space with straggly trees and a flagpole. Numerous windows looked out on it, but providing daylight was their only function. Now, it’s an entirely different story.
Chris Clemmons’ science students at Patton Junior High School have planted their very own vegetable garden. They’re starting with vegetables that will grow quickly for the fall such as lettuce, beets, kale, cabbage and carrots.
Autumn's arrival does not signal the end of fresh produce from the garden. "With a little advance planning, you can continue to reap the bounty of fresh, tender greens, sweet carrots, and beets," said Greg Stack, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
School gardens are all the rage right now. Judging by what is going on in the Greater Cincinnati Area, where I am located, there have to be thousands of new programs being launched across the country this year.
This straightforward tutorial on leaf identification comes from the Department of Horticulture at Penn State University. Simple diagrams, helpful photos, and clear explanations make short work of learning the basics of leaf identification.
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