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Pee Wee Meets the Pollinators

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The 6th book about Pee Wee the red wiggler worm

By Larraine Roulston
Castle Compost
2017

In this story, Nancy, Pee Wee and Reddy visit a rooftop garden and learn about the amazing work of pollinators. During their adventure they witness the birth of a monarch butterfly, follow a bee and meet a chorus of crickets. The story features composting, vermicomposting, compost tea and finished compost. It also contains poems, songs as well as additional notes to benefit teachers, parents and children.

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January 22, 2017   No Comments

The Children’s Garden – Growing Food in the City

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Forthcoming May 2017

By Carole Lexa Schaefer, Illustrated by Pierr Morgan
Sasquatch Books
Release date: May 2, 2017

Welcome to the Children’s Garden–a beautiful place to connect with nature and the food cycle! Illustrated with colorful paintings, this charming picture book features a diverse group of children connecting to food through hands-on outdoor activity.

Down the road from Woodlawn Avenue, on a street called Sunnyside, there’s a garden patch grown by children who live in the neighborhood. A sign on the garden’s gate says: Children’s Garden, WELCOME! That means: Come in, please. Listen, see, smell, touch–even taste!

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January 9, 2017   Comments Off on The Children’s Garden – Growing Food in the City

A Day in the Life at Putnam Middle School – Birmingham, Alabama

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This is a short story about Farm Lab Club, as told by Putnam Middle School students

Jones Valley Teaching Farm
December 8, 2016

Excerpt:

In 2012-2013, Jones Valley Teaching Farm launched the Good School Food program at Glen Iris Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama. Now in our fourth year, we implement Good School Food in seven Birmingham City Schools (5 of which are in one distinct feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community).

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December 29, 2016   Comments Off on A Day in the Life at Putnam Middle School – Birmingham, Alabama

TV Star Constance Zimmer Plants Local Garden with “#Greenmyschool” Program

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Constance Zimmer plants a garden for students in Santa Ana, Calif.

Zimmer, an actress (best known for her roles on HBO’s Entourage, ABC’s Boston Legal, and her Emmy-nominated role on Lifetime’s UnREAL) is a long-time supporter of the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and a member of its Board of Directors.

PR Newswire
Birds Eye
Dec 15, 2016

Excerpt:

“#Greenmyschool is a really special program for EMA. As a mom, who actually has an edible garden in my home, I understand first hand how much that has motivated my daughter to be excited to eat veggies. And as a long time EMA Board member, expanding #Greenmyschool with the support of Birds Eye will give us the opportunity to share our passion and really help change the game by bringing plant-based nutrition, agriculture and the importance of eating vegetables to students around the country,” said Zimmer.

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December 23, 2016   Comments Off on TV Star Constance Zimmer Plants Local Garden with “#Greenmyschool” Program

Urban Ag: A Focus Of University of California Global Food

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When I come here, I’m free: Youth voices in urban agriculture. Dec 2016. (Must see. Mike)

The UC Food Observer is made possible by the UC Global Food Initiative, which was launched by University of California President Janet Napolitano in 2014.

By Rose Hayden-Smith
UC Food Observer
Dec 9, 2016
(Rose is trained U.S. historian, her research focuses on food policy, and the role of gardens in community food security.)

Excerpt:

This ambitious initiative is addressing one of the most compelling issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025.

The UC initiative is pulling together all 10 campuses, five medical centers, UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the UC Office of the President to achieve these goals.

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December 17, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Ag: A Focus Of University of California Global Food

Students’ Drawings Turned into Community Garden Mural in Georgia, USA

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muralwClick on image for larger file. Winterville Elementary School students pose in front of mural. Photo by John Poark.

Athens’ Mayor Nancy Denson was on hand to be with the students.

Online Athens and
Flagpole
Dec 2, 2016

Adorning the wall of the old Spratlin Garage that faces the Winterville Community Garden is a new mural designed by children and supported by the City of Winterville and Winterville Arts Council. Artist Cameron Bliss Ferrelle and Judy Logue visited the art classes at Winterville Elementary School to lead third, fourth and fifth graders in creating drawings of objects found in a garden.

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December 10, 2016   Comments Off on Students’ Drawings Turned into Community Garden Mural in Georgia, USA

Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture

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(Must see video. Mike)

Remember that “Hot Cheetos & Takis” video featuring those cute Minneapolis kids from back in 2012, which got more than 14 million views on YouTube? From that same studio comes something a bit more grown up.

By Dan Nosowitz
Modern Farmer
December 7, 2016

Excerpt:

The nonprofit teamed up with Beats & Rhymes, a program also based in Minneapolis that allows kids to write and produce music in a professional setting, to create a the song and video for “Grow Food.” Using the same familiar touchstones—808 beats, Atlanta-style spooky bass lines, an array Grantland described as “a banger”—Beats & Rhymes has come up with a song that’s somehow both a plea to fight against food deserts and also pretty…good. Here’s the video.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Minneapolis Kids Rap About Urban Agriculture

Oakland urban farm honored for work with children

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Checking out some kale at the Acta Non Verba farm are from left, farm manager Kana Azhari, farm assistant Yesica Martinez, student Thomas, student Raquita and educator Katina Castillo. (Photo by Pete Rosos)

Acta Non Verba among groups recognized by James Beard Foundation

By Aziza Jackson
East Bay Times
December 2, 2016

Excerpt:

Tucked away in a corner of an East Oakland park, a farm nurtures children as they work together to grow food, with any profits set aside for their future education.

Acta Non Verba, Latin for Deeds Not Words, is one of 46 California food-centered organizations recognized by James Beard Foundation for their community work.

Acta Non Verba has served 3,000 children since its founding in 2011. The children ages 5 to 13 plan, plant, grow, harvest and sell food for a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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December 8, 2016   Comments Off on Oakland urban farm honored for work with children

The Greater Newark Conservancy helps inner city children get a nutritious diet

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Court Street Urban Farm. Land sits next to the Krueger-Scott Mansion, an 1888 landmark once owned by a city beer baron. We’ve been able to produce over 15,000 pounds of produce during the course of one growing season! Click on image for larger file.

The conservancy recruits teenagers from all Newark high schools as paid interns. They work 25- to 30-hour weeks in the summer and 10- to 15-hour weeks during the school year.

By Jane Primerano
NJ Spotlight
Nov 30, 2016

Excerpt:

Besides the Court Street farm, a larger parcel on Hawthorne Street functions as a community garden where residents lease their own plots. There are 200 4- by 8-foot raised beds that are leased by residents who pay $10 a year and receive $20 worth of seeds, according to director of Urban Agriculture Justin Allen.

Robin Dougherty, the executive director of the conservancy, said the not-for-profit group would love to expand the reach of its Urban Agriculture program, but an economic boom in the city may present difficulties.

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December 6, 2016   Comments Off on The Greater Newark Conservancy helps inner city children get a nutritious diet

Sicily: A community garden in Librino, Catania

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Close up of gardens in 2013. Click on image for larger file.

There are about 40 gardens presently

By Roberto
Volunteer with the project
Nov 30, 2016

We started our work about 20 years ago as a non profit association working with the children in a suburban district of Catania (Sicily), Librino, where there was a high crime rate.

As volunteers we focused on after-school activities. After ten years, someone had the idea to start a rugby team to help children. We chose rugby, because it is a contact sport and can help children to unload their daily stress because they see so much brutality in their district. It also teaches them many positive attitudes such as respect for rules, and respect for rivals, etc.

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November 30, 2016   Comments Off on Sicily: A community garden in Librino, Catania

Down on the Farm in Downtown Manhattan

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Students caring for a garden in a program run by Edible Schoolyard NYC, one of the nonprofits taking part in the Farm Fresh Festival for Kids.

“City Growers will be teaching kids about bees and pollination and honey,” Ms. Brose said, referring to one of the nonprofits taking part. “We’ll have beehives there.”

By Laurel Graeber
New York Times
Sept. 15, 2016

Excerpt:

“What we’re doing is transforming the seaport into an imaginative farm,” said Susanne Brose, who developed the event with Sandra Velez. Two years ago, Ms. Brose established FreshKids, a company that produces children’s snacks without genetically altered or artificial ingredients. Ms. Brose’s business, the Howard Hughes Corporation and the Generation Fresh Foundation, a nonprofit she helped found, will present the festival, which will offer opportunities to investigate livestock, planting, harvesting, cooking and composting.

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September 24, 2016   Comments Off on Down on the Farm in Downtown Manhattan

Mushrooms from community garden sicken Los Angeles schoolchildren

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A toxic mushroom species, amanita pantherina, is believed to be the cause of multiple illnesses at a Silver Lake elementary school. (KABC)

According to a phone message sent to parents, the students were taking part in an afternoon “garden instruction” lesson at the garden, which sits on the edge of the campus.

By Veronica Rocha and Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Sept. 23, 2016

Excerpt:

A parent told KABC-TV that his 10-year-old son had to be hospitalized after someone working in the garden gave him and other fifth-graders mushrooms. After eating the mushrooms, students started throwing up.

Doctors have performed tests on the boy to determine what made him sick, the TV news station reported. District officials said they had no information about the types of vegetables in the garden.

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September 24, 2016   Comments Off on Mushrooms from community garden sicken Los Angeles schoolchildren

City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

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Chamomile Growing in the Fairy Garden from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

Ceramic Fairy Houses made by artist Melissa Hume

Maria harvests chamomile in the Fairy Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden.

Children love to see where the fairies live in our garden. Their colourful, ceramic homes are set in an area beneath the stump and roots of a massive cottonwood tree which fell in the Vancouver windstorm of Aug 29, 2015.

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September 12, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

Bronzeville, Milwaukee launches urban agriculture program for low-income children

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Fenceroy said the foundation put $150,000 towards the urban agriculture program this summer because it encourages children to spend time outdoors.

By Pete Zervakis
TMJ4
Jul 27, 2016

Excerpt:

“So the overall goal is to get the kids to understand what fresh tastes like, why it’s good for you,” Espy said. “If they see they don’t have it in their area, they should grow up demanding it or grow it themselves if they can.”

The kids also helped to build a compost bin.

“We’re learning how to cut trees,” said Lanear Rucker, who’s enrolled in the program. “We also learned how to work a saw.”

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August 2, 2016   Comments Off on Bronzeville, Milwaukee launches urban agriculture program for low-income children

Warsaw, Poland, Children working in a vegetable garden during WW2. From the collection of Yad Vashem

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polkids Click on image for larger file. During the first half of 1940, the organization’s aid activities focused on opening public soup kitchens and distributing food to the needy, on taking in the thousands of Jewish refugees and POWs who were pouring into the ghetto, and establishing institutions for childcare.

Janusz Korczack’s orphanage was situated at 92 Krochmalna Street and housed 150 children.

Photographer: Foto Forbert, Warszawa
Origin: Judenrat, Warsaw
ad Vashem Photo Archive

A short time after Warsaw was occupied by the Germans, the Jewish community organized a social welfare committee known as the Zydowska Samapomoc Spolczna (Jewish Social Self-Help), or the ZSS, in order to provide social assistance to the Jewish residents. Funding for the activities came primarily from the Polish branch of the Joint, which was also located in Warsaw. The Joint, short for The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was an agency that had been founded by Jews in America in 1914 in order to provide aid for Jewish communities located outside the United States. Since it was an American institution, the Joint was permitted to continue its activities in occupied Poland.

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July 23, 2016   Comments Off on Warsaw, Poland, Children working in a vegetable garden during WW2. From the collection of Yad Vashem