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Student Farmers in Liberia Get Back to the Soil and Into the Classroom

Students in the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, Liberia.

Due to the success of the Back-to-School Garden initiative in Grand Bassa county, FED and partners will expand the program’s reach to five more counties in 2014: Margibi, Montserrado, Nimba, Bong, and Lofa.

By Nicholas Parkinson
Good Food World
February 21st, 2014


There was a time before Liberia’s civil wars when agriculture was an integral part of the education system. All the way back to 1960, the Liberian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture—with US government financial aid—partnered with US Peace Corps volunteers and created the country’s first 4-H Club in Maryland county, southeast Liberia.

Thirty years later, there were some 27,000 4-H Club members in 1,950 clubs and nearly as many gardens. Then the country erupted in civil strife.

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February 26, 2014   Comments Off

1914 Thesis: ‘Agriculture for Urban Children’


“Our country is an agricultural country and must always remain at least partly so, if we are to prosper as a nation.”

By George L. Hensley A. B.
Master of Letters
Kansas State Teacher’s College
Berkeley, California,
Dec 1914
(Must see. Mike)


Agriculture, an aid to self-realization

Many contributory reasons for the introduction of agriculture into our urban schools can be given. It has a wide range of interests common to children. It satisfies the natural desires of the child for the active, the concrete and the personal. by pitting one child against another and both against the forces of nature. If affords him the opportunities for emulation which he craves.

The following concrete summary of reasons for the introduction of agriculture was culled from the writings of W.R. Hart of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, G. F. Warren of the New York State College of Agriculture and W. H. French of the Michigan Agricultural College.

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January 25, 2014   Comments Off

Food gardens and mini-farms sprouting up at schools in Delta, British Columbia


Every one of the 31 schools in the Delta school district will have a garden, urban agriculture instalment, or a full-blown mini-farm by the end of the school year in June

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
Dec 30, 2013


The district is providing $2,500 a month to fund Project Pickle, but a search is underway for corporate sponsors to take the financial pressure off the district, said Turner.

“As it grows, we will have to find ways to pay for it,” she said. “We haven’t got there yet, but it’s growing so fast.”

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January 5, 2014   Comments Off

1930 – City Farming in New York City’s lower east side

Boys gardening in the 1930’s. (Not linked to this story. Verhagen family photos.)

Miniature farms as much fun as miniature golf

Berkeley Daily Gazette
Oct 1, 1930

A pleasant story of harvest season comes to us from New York City’s lower east side. The farmer’s were small boys. Their farms were six-by-four garden plots in a city park. They farmed under the protection and guidance of the Educational Alliance.

The crops, harvested recently, consisted of peanuts, tobacco and corn. The big idea had been to teach those small boys what those particular plants looked like as they grew. It’s a big jump from goobers in the ground to a bag of salted peanuts, or from tobacco leaf or a tender ear of corn in its green sheath and with its silky tassel to the usual products of these plants seen by city children.

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January 3, 2014   Comments Off

Toronto’s Eastdale Collegiate opens its roof to urban agriculture

Eastdale Collegiate students Marcus Peralta, left, Ange Wembolva and Tarik Radder snip “spicy spring greens” on the school’s rooftop garden. Photo by Andrew Francis Wallace.

The city’s newest rooftop farm is a secret garden of homegrown produce that feeds locals and teaches students.

By Louise Brown
Toronto Star
Dec 25, 2013


On top of Eastdale Collegiate, east of Broadview Ave., sits the city’s newest rooftop farm, a secret garden of homegrown produce that will feed locals and teach students.

Even as winter has settled into the 450 garden beds that students have harvested for crops from kale to habanero peppers, Grade 10 student Marcus Peralta still likes escaping to this horticultural hideaway.

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January 1, 2014   Comments Off

Sesame Street: ‘Make a street garden for me and for you’

Street Garden Cooperation

In this video we see that making a garden takes cooperation.
(Must see, Mike)

Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization which also produces Pinky Dinky Doo, The Electric Company, and other programs for children around the world.

Sesame Street website.

December 24, 2013   Comments Off

‘Lettuce Grow’ – An environmental citizenship project in Pakistan


‘Lettuce Grow’ project for young people and communities – introducing them to growing Kitchen Gardens

Society for International (SIE) runs the iEARN Pakistan Centre in Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad focusing educational development and capacity building of K-12 students, teachers and youth in general
Dec 12, 2013

Excerpted from the Facebook page:

“I am extremely excited to start a kitchen garden at a school in my community,” says a YES alumna during the Lettuce Grow Training Program.

Twenty YES Alumni and Access teachers enthusiastically participated in the Lettuce Grow project today on December 12, 2013 at the iEARN Center, Karachi. The day was packed with an interactive session on container gardening and hands on experience of growing vegetables and fruits easily.

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December 23, 2013   Comments Off

New Minnesota school garden guide released


Colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards

The Associated Press
Minnesota School Gardens
Developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program – Fall 2013
272 pages – free guide is available online
(Must read. Mike)

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting gardens with their students.

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom has published a guide for school gardens. The colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.

The state agriculture department, which helped develop the guide, says it’s bursting with delicious ideas to build connections between the classroom, the school garden and the cafeteria.

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December 17, 2013   Comments Off

Fresh Roots of Vancouver named a ‘Food Leader’ by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

Transforming Schoolgrounds

The Real Estate Foundation of BC
Nov 1, 2013


Vancouver’s Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society has come up with a solution to the problem of accessing land for its market gardens. That solution is turning heads, filling bellies and educating communities.

It is particularly difficult to find parcels of a quarter acre or larger for growing food in the city, and since land access is a significant barrier to expanding urban agriculture in Vancouver – and other metropolitan areas – the Fresh Roots model is a welcome success.

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December 10, 2013   Comments Off

Australian school cultivates kitchen garden and publishes cookbook

Author Alla Wolf-Tasker of ‘Grow Cook Eat’ with Daylesford Primary School students and principal Peter Burke in the school’s vege garden. Picture by David Geraghty Source ofThe Australian.

Ask Peter Burke, principal of Daylesford Primary School, to talk about the benefits of the school’s kitchen garden program and he’s stuck for words. There are so many, he says, he doesn’t know where to start.

By Necia Wilden
The Australian
November 09, 2013


“In a garden there is nature, science, maths and vocabulary; in a kitchen it’s the same. It crosses over into so many areas of the curriculum,” Burke says.

“Social confidence, hands-on learning, gaining a real understanding of issues of sustainability and recycling … ”

Once a week, students from Years 3-6 spend an hour in the regional Victorian school’s kitchen garden, learning how to grow things.

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November 14, 2013   Comments Off

USDA Partners with FoodCorps to Grow Healthy Eaters

FoodCorps service member Dennis Lackey gardening with children in Flint, MI. Photo by Robyn Wardell.

Please make sure your district is counted by accessing the USDA Farm to School Census results online. USDA will be accepting additional submissions to the Census through November 30, 2013

By Deborah Kane,
National Director, USDA Farm to School Program
November 5, 2013


They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.

FoodCorps is a national service organization that places emerging leaders in schools across the country to teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens, and bring high-quality local food into schools participating in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.

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November 11, 2013   Comments Off

The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children: A Review and Look to the Future


The Program established a total of 374 gardens — 188 school gardens, 136 community group gardens, and 50 institutional gardens — in 23 urban centres across Ethiopia.

By Peter Jensen
USAID – Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance
32 pages
April 2013


Overview of the Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children

The Urban Gardens Program for HIV-Affected Women and Children (UGP), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was implemented in? six regions across Ethiopia. Phase I of UGP (2005–2008) established urban gardens in schools and on public land in many cities throughout Ethiopia. Phase II of the program (2009–2012) targeted the regions’ most vulnerable women and children, providing structured urban agricultural activities to strengthen food and livelihood insecurity and promoting linkages between HIV-affected communities and health services and facilities.

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November 9, 2013   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture Program grows at Atlanta, Georgia school


Paideia School: The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program

By Anne Dukes
Atlanta InTown
Nov 4, 2013


The spirit of “Old MacDonald” is alive and well at Paideia School in Midtown as students from all grade levels participate in the Urban Agriculture Program. With a little help from their teachers, each other and the community, students grow crops, compost food scraps, raise chickens, sample home grown vegetables and share their bounty with local organizations which feed the hungry.

The 2012/2013 Crop Report shows a whopping 1,664 pounds of food grown under the auspices of the program. In all, 28 different types of food were produced, including sweet potatoes, kale, snap peas, carrots, strawberries and poultry.

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November 9, 2013   Comments Off

Muppets Elmo and Rosita Join Michelle Obama at White House Kitchen Garden

Elmo and Rosita and Michelle. Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan.

2013 Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest welcomes 24 children

By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Obama Foodorama
Oct 31, 2013


The White House – First Lady Michelle Obama late on Wednesday afternoon welcomed 24 children invited from elementary schools in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a harvest party in her Kitchen Garden. Special guests of honor were Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, who monitored the action from atop bales of hay placed behind a bed of broccoli.

Muppets in the garden are a first for the Mrs. Obama. The furry creatures are the newest members of the Let’s Move! family, thanks to a new produce marketing collaboration the First Lady announced before hitting the crop rows to work.

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November 4, 2013   Comments Off

Harvest Day At New York University’s Urban Farm Lab

New York University’s Urban Farm Lab Project, a joint venture between the NYU Food Studies Program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Silver Towers Tenant Association (STTA)

By Eileen Reynolds
New York University
Oct 2013


At noon on September 26, NYU faculty and students and a gaggle of community preschoolers gathered at the Urban Farm Lab’s first-ever harvest celebration to feast on that bounty.

Would-be pickers, tentative at first, wandered among the vegetables and herbs that flourish in neat rows on the sloping plot nestled between the Silver Towers and Houston Street’s six lanes of roaring traffic. Finally, after several friendly exhortations by Professor Jennifer Schiff Berg, director of the Steinhardt Graduate Food Studies Program, and Professor Amy Bentley, associate professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at Steinhardt to “please, grab a bag and fill it!” the guests got down to business.

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October 12, 2013   Comments Off