Turning Over a New Leaf

Sensory experience–a hallmark of science, nutrition, and environmental education–is much harder to deliver via screen. However, a few months ago I was inspired me to turn over a new leaf.

Try “One Bite” Salsa Straight from the Garden

Despite the fact that I am not an expert gardener, I still find the importance and joy of sharing my experiences with food, the connection between garden-to-classroom and farm-to-table lessons.

When Faced with Disaster, Food Inspires Hope and Builds Community

Today is National Food Day. Although Napa County had an event planned for this evening, we opted to cancel due to the devastating wildfires that swept through the North Bay these past two weeks. Our event was scheduled at a local public school. Because classroom doors just reopened yesterday for the first time since October…

Backward Planning for a School Garden Salsa Harvest

Tomatoes start showing up in the big-box stores as early as February. To stay competitive, the locally owned nurseries probably stock them not much later, even though they know that it does little good to plant tomatoes any earlier than April 15th in Napa. Depending on your location, the low evening temperatures throughout the summer…

Spring Plants, Grants, Contests, and Events

Spring has sprung! Buds are breaking and temperatures are rising. Warm weather brings so many opportunities–and work–in the garden. The spring season welcomes a proliferation of plants, grants, contests, and events for school garden educators. As the soil becomes workable again, annual plant sales begin. This past weekend I attended the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale. People seemed surprised…