Category — Children
New Canadian students at Citadel High School are learning English while working on an urban farm. Many of the students arrived from Syria this winter and are connecting with their new community by volunteering at Common Roots Urban Farm. See video on the site.
“They love Canada, they understand that they are here to have another chance and they are really thankful,” said Majaess.
By Alexa MacLean
June 7, 2016
“The kids are coming once a week to help out and be involved. It’s great because so many of them have a farming background,” Melrose said.
The urban farm opened up in 2012 on the former site of Queen Elizabeth High School.
Part of the produce grown by the students is donated to the food bank.
June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Immigrant students dig into learning English at Halifax urban farm
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Eight New York players, as well as hip-hop group The Lox and Miss New York USA Serena Bucaj, made their way to Harlem to celebrate Harlem Grown which teaches children how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at their seven locations across Harlem.
By Nick Suss
June 8th, 2016
Bronx resident Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, explained that he founded the organization when he was at a personal crossroads in 2009. After the recession, he wanted a career change and left his limousine business. He decided it was time he gave back to the community, and so he began volunteering at public schools in Harlem, where he became a favorite of the students.
June 10, 2016 Comments Off on New York Yankee players visit ‘Harlem Grown’ and help kids plant food gardens
By Zoran Mitrovi
What we want to do
We want to use our knowledge and to show kids how to grown up healthy food, how to protect and care about environment. At the moment we see that in era of «smart devices» nature losing the race, our children are more in virtual world than in real life. The problem is big and solutions are everywhere, we just need to go out and show the kids really satisfaction.
May 11, 2016 Comments Off on Organic gardens in schools in Serbia
(Must see video. Mike)
Gateway Greening runs 21 such gardens at schools in the city, both public and private, and has a total of 55 in the region. Much of the budget for this work comes from the Monsanto Fund, which this year provided a grant of $205,000 for the youth garden program.
By Daniel Neman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2016
That’s right, an orchard grows outside Mallinckrodt Academy, a public elementary school for gifted students. It’s a small orchard — four apple trees, plus a few pear trees, peach, wild plum and currants — but it is growing in the school’s front yard. And even though the trees will not begin to bear significant amounts of fruit until after the students leave the school, the students say they are happy knowing that the work they do today will benefit those who come after them.
May 11, 2016 Comments Off on Thriving School Gardens in St. Louis
The group’s urban agriculture summer camp is part of a growing trend for urbanites to connect with farms for locally produced food.
By Evelyn Harford
April 1, 2016 |
The teens will get their hands dirty, planting and gardening during the three-week summer camp. They’ll learn about what it means to go from farm to table, and gain a deeper appreciation for their local food systems. They’ll even get to eat some of the produce they grow.
“Don’t bring your iPad, and don’t bring your cell phone; there’s no point,” said Cool-Fergus. “We’re going to be outside all day.”
April 6, 2016 Comments Off on Urban agriculture camp for teens comes to Ottawa region
A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo’s farm grows to become the largest in the region.
Written by Katie Smith Milway
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kid Can Press
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.
After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.
April 1, 2016 Comments Off on One Hen
With over 120 stickers of flowers, vegetables, seeds and trees to add to the pages, a glossary, quiz, and naming and spotting games.
Author/Editor: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing Ltd
24 pages + 4 pages stickers
An accessible, informative first reference book that helps young children learn about trees, plants and funghi – what each of these things is, how to tell them apart, what each needs to survive and thrive, and their life cycles, including information about how they reproduce.
March 27, 2016 Comments Off on My First Book About How Things Grow
A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids.
By Eillie Anzilotti
Mar 7, 2016
Under the distant gaze of a city skyline, cows and chickens wander through rows of sprouting vegetables; clear glass greenhouses dot the periphery. It sounds like an ordinary urban farm, but on this particular site, the wardens are toddlers.
The farm, Nursery Fields Forever, is the vision of aut- -aut, a group of four architects hailing from Italy and the Netherlands. Their proposal for a preschool on an urban farm took first prize at this year’s AWR International Ideas Competition; the challenge centered around designing a nursery school model for London.
March 14, 2016 Comments Off on Could Urban Farms Be the Preschools of the Future?
“If you plant a carrot seed, a carrot will grow. If you plant a cabbage seed, a cabbage will grow.”
By Kadir Nelson
Balzer + Bray
March 3 2015
Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.
March 9, 2016 Comments Off on If You Plant a Seed
The girl decides that one of the many chickens roaming their yard could make a suitable dog—especially the black-and-white speckled hen who struts around like she owns the place.
By Susan McElroy Montanari and Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade
Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog.
Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed.
March 3, 2016 Comments Off on My Dog’s a Chicken
This English picture book shows the progression of a garden through the year.
By Stella Fry (Author), Sheila Moxley (Illustrator)
This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. Children will be drawn in by the poetry of the language and the warm illustrations, while also catching the excitement of watching things grow!
February 27, 2016 Comments Off on Grandpa’s Garden
“We have 32 orphans and we frequently give them food from the garden. The number of absentees has dropped significantly, because students know that they are going to eat at school,” she says.
By Siyavuya Khaya
Feb 16, 2016
Bangani said they grow eggplant, spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, green beans and they also have fruit trees. He says the garden is small, but they utilize the space effectively.
Luleka Primary School principal Gcobani Mthoba says the budget for their school feeding scheme is severely strained by rising food prices. The garden also creates some employment for the community.
February 24, 2016 Comments Off on South Africa: Vegetable Gardens Critical for School Feeding Scheme
We’re creating an ebook that will bring soil to life for elementary school students, an interactive guide exploring the links between climate change and food systems, and a new resource focusing on water, power, and the environment.
By Zenobia Barlow
Cofounder & Executive Director
Center for Ecoliteracy
Excerpt from ‘Cultivating 20 Years of Ecoliteracy’:
The Center supported school gardens early, before becoming the first funder of the Edible Schoolyard (ESY) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley in 1996. “Their grant was the catalyst,” said ESY founder Alice Waters.
“The Center sees a very big picture, and has understood deeply what we are trying to do.” The Center offered teacher training at King for a decade.
That engagement set the pattern for later garden projects, especially the emphasis on integrating experiences in gardens, cooking classes, and cafeterias with classroom learning. The Center provided release time and teacher consultation, created and reviewed curricula, and illustrated ways to address academic standards through garden-based learning.
December 6, 2015 Comments Off on Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley – 20 years old
Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens
Our spinach, lettuce, cilantro, and parsley are all protected from the elements to ensure they are ready to harvest in March.
Fresh Roots Newsletter
Excerpt from Fresh Roots Newsletter:
This past month, Fresh Roots attended the Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Montreal. What an incredible adventure! Over 450 people from across the country who are engaged in helping bring delicious, healthy, local food to the plates and minds of students. Fresh Roots was asked to speak about our innovative and inspiring collaboration with the Vancouver School Board, what we’ve learned, and what we’re excited to grow into the future.
December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s Fresh Roots is one of four organizations in Canada with large-scale schoolyard market gardens
By Emma Biggs And Steven Biggs
Illustrated by Emma Biggs
My daughter, Emma, sowed the seed for this book.
I remember the day clearly. I watched her playing at her pretend kitchen, arranging small plates, utensils, and cups in the cupboards.
In this kitchen, she loved to “cook” treats for everyone. The main ingredient in her imaginary recipes was little bits of paper. We would often find Emma with paper and scissors. “What are you doing?” my wife, Shelley, and I asked. “Making treats,” she always answered, matter-of-factly, as bits of paper flew everywhere.
November 27, 2015 Comments Off on Grow Gardeners: Kid-Tested Gardening with Children