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Pee Wee’s Great Adventure

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A guide to Vermicomposting ~ 2nd edition

By Larraine Roulston
Freelance writer

The book’s sequel, ‘Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting’ has Pee Wee describing an amazing adventure from a classroom worm bin to a backyard composter. Instructions are included on how to care for worms and harvest their castings.

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July 15, 2015   Comments Off on Pee Wee’s Great Adventure

Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

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Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library

By Bonnie Worth (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
Random House Books for Young Readers
March 27, 2001

With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and
seed dispersal.

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July 14, 2015   Comments Off on Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC

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“The children learn how to grow, harvest, craft and sell their food and they also learn about nutrition.”

Currently, EarthBites is partnering with five schools in Vancouver: Trafalgar Elementary School, Kitchener Elementary School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, Laurier Elementary School & Quilchena Elementary School.

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July 14, 2015   Comments Off on EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC

Children’s book: ‘The Curious Garden’

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As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

By Peter Brown (Author)
Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
2009

One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.

While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

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July 14, 2015   Comments Off on Children’s book: ‘The Curious Garden’

Children’s book: The Carrot Seed – 1945

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His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”

Ruth Krauss (Author), Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1945

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…

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July 9, 2015   Comments Off on Children’s book: The Carrot Seed – 1945

Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden

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The author has published over 300 children’s titles

By Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
HarperCollins (March 1, 2011)

Little Critter® and his family plant some vegetables. After lots of watering, weeding, and waiting, they enjoy a delicious meal—all from their green, green garden.

Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

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July 5, 2015   Comments Off on Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden

Children’s book: The Gardener – 1997

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But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden –

By Sarah Stewart (Author), David Small (Illustrator)
Square Fish
1997

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows.

But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile.

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July 4, 2015   Comments Off on Children’s book: The Gardener – 1997

Elementary kids dig weeklong camp about urban farming, food in Cedar Rapids

kidsfKenyon Sales (from left), 10; Chaley Brinkman, 10; Aiden Christiansen, 9; and Eli Jennings, 11, pull weeds in a future salsa garden during day camp in the Matthew 25 Urban Farm.

Other activities include learning about growing food, creating healthy soil, composting, and creating outdoor art.

By Katy Stites
KCRG-TV9
June 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Elementary aged kids are learning about local foods this week. As a part of a weeklong summer camp hosted by Matthew 25, a local non-profit, the kids are getting their hands dirty with planting and picking. They spend most of the week on an urban farm near downtown Cedar Rapids.

“There’s different kinds, bigger and smaller, and it’s just fun to try different foods,” fourth-grader Logan Liddiard said.

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June 25, 2015   Comments Off on Elementary kids dig weeklong camp about urban farming, food in Cedar Rapids

Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation

Students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year

By Cindy Hsu
CBS2
June 12, 2015

Excerpt:

At the hydroponic greenhouse at Manhattan School for Children on the Upper West Side, students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year, using no soil, no pesticides, and only rainwater.

“It’s called VIG, vertically integrated growing,” 7th grader Equem Roel said.

It’s a way to grow plants using less water, space, and energy.

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June 21, 2015   Comments Off on Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation

China’s children learn about city farming

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Many students, both in elementary school and high school, gather there to learn some knowledge about hydroponics, study the importance and prospect of UPA, and enjoy the vegetable picking together with their parents.

By Jia NI
Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences
May 22, 2015

Excerpt from “Food For Cities”

As far as I know, the Urban farming/Urban Peri-urban Agriculture(UPA) is becoming more popular and attracting more attention from the city governors. Take Beijing for example. Since the beginning of this century, the local government, as well as academics and universities, have invested a lot of money and intellectuals in the relevant areas, hoping not only to improve the urban-rural linkage, but also to educate children by setting up some demonstration parks for the citizens, especially for young students.

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June 2, 2015   Comments Off on China’s children learn about city farming

Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow

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By Rebecca Crownover
Mascot Books
January 6, 2015

Texas Farm Girl learns from her PawPaw what Reap What You Sow means when she makes a big mistake on the farm. The lesson learned from Reap What You Sow can be applied to all of us so that we can overcome adversity and Shine Like A Lone Star Pearl.

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May 22, 2015   Comments Off on Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow

Culinary Kids Receives Award with help from two urban farms in the Rockaways, New York

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Culinary Kids was honored with the Excellence in Education award by the National Association of University Women; Chef Marion Moses, Chef Malisa Rivera (not pictured) and their three children, CJ, Saul and Seth. Click on image for larger file.

The urban farmers grow everything from kohlrabi to collard greens.

By Mark C. Healey
The Wave
May 5, 2015

Excerpt:

Culinary Kids is run by the husband and-wife team Chef Marion Moses and Chef Malisa Rivera and has been in existence for the past 10 years, offering a multitude of programs and services to the community. They serve youth between 14 and 24 years old.

The group operates two urban farms in the Rockaways. The first site – Culinary Kids Garden – is located at 30-15 Seagirt Blvd. and is 72-feet by 104-feet. The second site – Farm Rockaway – is half the size of a football field and is located at 444 Beach 58th Street. Both farms incorporate their urban agricultural and gardening components for the Rockaway community in the attempt to create a local micro-food system for low-income community members.

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May 17, 2015   Comments Off on Culinary Kids Receives Award with help from two urban farms in the Rockaways, New York

How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit

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Betti Wiggins, courtesy of Excellent Schools Detroit and Detroit Metro Parent.

She started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens.

By Chris Hardman
Civil Eats
April 6, 2015

Excerpt:

The companion program to the meal service is the Detroit School Garden Collaborative. Wiggins comes from a farming background and has maintained strong ties to the agricultural community. With the help of a school board member, she started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens. To make sure gardens thrive, each participating school has to sign a contract committing staff time to maintain its garden. DPS employs a garden director, a farmer, and a horticulturist to run the program.

The largest DPS farm is located at the Drew Transition Center, a school for young adults with special needs. There, a 2-1/4-acre farm and 96-square-foot hoop house produce corn, greens, and root vegetables. More than 7,000 ears of corn from the Drew farm ended up on the plates of schoolchildren throughout Detroit last year.

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April 22, 2015   Comments Off on How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit

A Year on the Farm

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Narrated by Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm

By Holly Dufek, Paul E. Nunn
Octane Press
2015

A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops. The book is filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Case the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters.

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April 15, 2015   Comments Off on A Year on the Farm

City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children

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Workshops held at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden in Kitsilano

Are you keen for your children to grow up with an appreciation of nature? City Farmer’s gardening workshops will give kids hands-on learning at our organic demonstration garden in Kitsilano. Children will learn about the lifecycle of the garden in six workshops running from Spring to Fall:

2015

Sunday May 10th – Spring Planting
Sunday June 7th – Worms in the Garden
Sunday July 5th – Bugs and Bees
Sunday August 9th – Flowers
Sunday Sept 13th – Fall Harvesting
Sunday October 4th – Putting the Garden to Bed and Seed Saving

Workshops run from 9.30am – 11.00am.

$20 per workshop or $100 for all six.

Contact City Farmer at 604 736 2250 to register.

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on City Farmer’s Gardening Workshops for Children