Saturday School offers a unique opportunity for garden enrichment.
Gardening with (and for) Children with Special Educational Needs
All children deserve to have access to school garden spaces.
Mustard Monsters! Making Cover Crops Interesting to Kids
Check out this place-based fall planting activity.
Celebrate Biological Diversity in the Garden
May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity! What is biological diversity? Biological diversity–or biodiversity for short–refers to the variety of life forms found in a habitat or ecosystem as measured on a global scale. When scientists talk about diversity, they are generally most concerned with the passing on of genes that enable a species…
What Seeds Have in Common with Goldilocks
Seeds need “just right” conditions for germination.
Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child’s Brain, Body and Soul
Planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul. Source: Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child’s Brain, Body and Soul
Paperwhite Pinwheels and the Joy of Winter Plants
The Friday before the winter break can be a nightmare for teachers and parents alike. The anticipation of the holiday makes children restless and the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations can be stressors for all. These were the thoughts I had prior to gathering the Dirt Girls for their weekly garden session on Friday…
Kick Off National Pollinator Week with a School Garden Potluck!
June 19-25 is Pollinator Week! What will you do to celebrate?
What Does It Mean to “Grow Slow?”
A few years ago at the biennial Farm-to-Cafeteria in Austin, Alice Waters delivered the closing plenary. If you don’t already know who Alice Waters is, you should find out. She is credited with establishing an edible schoolyard at a middle school in Berkeley, which over the past 20 years has grown into an entire network of…
School’s Out for Summer! (Well, not really, but almost.)
One of the most perplexing challenges of the school garden is the academic calendar. Even in climates with a year-round growing season, summer is usually the most bountiful time of year. But summer is also when students are scarce. How can you ensure that the summer harvest doesn’t become a maintenance burden? Select varieties that mature slowly. Unless…
Planning for Pollinator Study: Best Practices in Lesson (and Garden) Design
Pollinators are all the rage in garden circles these days, and for good reason. Not only do humans rely on pollinators for many delicious foods we eat (almonds, blueberries, and chocolate, to name a few), but bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles also provide critical ecosystem services. Pollinators help maintain biodiversity by supporting plants to…
The “Touchy” Subject of Exploring Bugs in the Garden
Encouraging respectful exploration in the school garden can promote scientific mindsets and environmental literacy.
Two Reasons to Be Vigilant, but Not Lose Hope
Guard against senseless vandalism and theft.
How to Be Patient, Instill Permanence, and Promote Passive Gardening
Winter is a time for slow school gardening.
Creepy Crawlies Aplenty! Don’t Bug Out When You Find These Three in the Garden
Cockroaches, Termites, and Mantises, Oh My!