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How school gardens, food ‘rescues’ are helping Nevada’s hungry

On Oct. 7, the Grow Your Own festival returns to the Vegas Roots urban farm for a second year, aiming to get the community in touch with healthy food.

The Vegas Roots team offered a taste of what the second year of the festival will teach — namely, how to connect with and crave raw goods from the garden.

By Adam Candee, Erin Ryan, Camalot Todd
Las Vegas Sun
Oct. 2, 2017


To kids who’d never tried fresh strawberries or cantaloupe before a recent school tasting, kale was a hard sell. But after growing the deep-green stalks in their campus garden, students at Quannah McCall Elementary School in North Las Vegas learned that massaging the leaves makes them less bitter, and that dressing whipped up from the cilantro growing nearby makes them delicious.

Principal Ana DeBeauvernet recalls a lot of demand from parents for the recipe. It was a shining moment for everyone who envisioned the raised beds and fruit trees along the school’s street-facing fence as a way to engage the neighborhood in a new way of thinking about cooking and eating. It’s in a noted food desert, meaning the only options are gas stations and fast-food joints.

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India: Students create organic vegetable garden in school

Students and teachers of Marudhamalai Devasthanam Higher Secondary School, Vadavalli, at their organic vegetable garden on school premises. Click image to see larger file.

Sharing their experience, the students said that the farming taught them the hardships of farmers and motivated them to contribute their part to society.

By S. Pavith Valsel
The Hindu
Sept 7, 2017


Started in June, the students cultivate spinach, tomato, ladies finger, pumpkin, bottle guard, coriander and lettuce among others in the organic vegetable garden. They do mixed cropping and crop rotation to retain the fertility of the soil.

Produces of the vegetable garden are used to provide lunch for the students. There has been days when students were able to take home their produces too.

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California: Fairview Gardens’ After-School Program Invites Youth to Unplug, Dig Deep into the Natural World

For the budding naturalist, chef, gardener, or animal lover, Fairview Gardens After School Program is the place to grow.

By Emmalia Sutherland
Sept 6, 2017


Q: Describe a favorite activity for children in your program.

A: Harvesting farmed and wild foods to turn into yummy snacks with both programs is always a hit. Whether it be building forts, making art, or taking care of our chickens during Farm Days or making herbal salves with the Teen Apprentices, Fairview has something for everyone!

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Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

Mr Harrison believes getting your hands dirty and working closely with nature brings out the best in blokes. (Supplied: Taree Community Garden )

He said he believes his programs have inspired men to open up and engage, not only with their children but other like-minded men.

By Gabrielle Lyons
ABC Mid North Coast
Sept 1, 2017


Mr Harrison maintains the Taree Community Garden on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

He runs a program in the garden called ‘Dads and Dirt’ aimed at getting men to better connect with their kids in a hands-on environment.

Some of the men in Mr Harrison’s programs are single dads, widowers or suffering with mental health issues.

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Ugly Vegetables

It’s easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables?

By Grace Lin (Author, Illustrator)
The (Ages 3-8)
Charlesbridge; (July 1 2001)


From Publishers Weekly:

In this debut children’s book, a girl and her mother chart their own course in spring planting and reap the benefits. The girl narrator is clearly disappointed when, unlike her neighbors who prepare flower gardens, she and her mother plant Chinese vegetables that, her mother insists, are “better than flowers.” While the other backyards yield colorful blooms, her garden becomes crowded with “ugly vegetables,” lumpy, bumpy and “icky yellow.” But when the girl’s mother uses them to make a soup, its “magical aroma” attracts neighbors to their door carrying bouquets of flowers from their gardens.

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United Nations FAO event on community gardens and urban food production

Watch the event.

See the 137 minute video of the full event at the UN in New York City.

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Columbus, Ohio: How about books and berries for breakfast?

4th Street Farms gathers for story time and sharing of food grown in the Weinland Park community garden.

By Anne Evans
Columbus Underground
June 9, 2016
( From: Little Free Library to be Dedicated in Weinland Park)


“Part of our mission at 4th Street Farms is education and empowerment,” says Evelyn Van Til, a neighborhood civic leader and community organizer. “Books are a big piece of opening up worlds of possibility. This project builds on our work in empowering people to grow their own food and choose their own paths.”

Van Til has been involved with programming offered to residents of Weinland Park, including a series of early literacy programs held at 4th Street Farms, in partnership with A Good Start.

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Students across Canada use “space” tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination

The award-winning Tomatosphere™ program has engaged more than three million students since its inception in 2001.

From their website.


In the spring, participating classrooms receive two packages of tomato seeds. One package contains seeds sent into space or treated in space-simulated conditions. The other contains untreated “control” seeds. Students plant the seeds and conduct experiments to explore the effects of the space environment on the germination of tomatoes. Through Tomatosphere™, students learn how to conduct a scientific experiment and compare the number of seeds that germinate for the two groups of seeds.

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Israel: Ultra-Orthodox kids grow a green thumb in ‘mitzvah’ gardens

The gardens, like this one in Modiin Ilit on March 22, 2017, follow the commandment of kilayim, which requires that each species is planted a certain distance from the other. (Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

“We’re in a city, we’re not in a moshav or village where we’re exposed to the ideas of orchards and gardens,” Rivkie added.

By Melanie Lidman
The Times of Israel
June 11, 2017


Families have also gotten into the spirit of the garden. As a year-end gift, Rivkie gave each student a mint plant to grow at home and use for the end-of-Shabbat Havdalah service, which makes use of a pleasant-smelling herb. Rivkie said one girl’s family grew so much mint they gave cuttings to their relatives, and now the whole extended family uses their own mint.

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Camden, New Jersey students get $50,000 to expand urban farming

An urban farming initiative designed to grow crops in planters on street corners near the school in downtown Camden

By Bill Duhart
New Jersey Com
May 22, 2017


“Camden is a food desert,” said Karina Velez, a LEAP Academy senior who helped design the urban farming initiative here. “Our goal in the future is to have mini festivals where we can provide fresh produce. Because there’s not a lot of place in Camden where kids can get healthy food.”

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Whimsical idea turns into urban farm in Metro Atalnta

Tania Herbert, who heads the Urban Agriculture program at the Paideia School, instructs elementary student on how to grow produce.

“I really want them to see where their food comes from, but I also want them to see that our food goes to people who can’t afford it.”

By H.M. Cauley
For the Atlanta Journal Constitution
April 18, 2017


The idea to cultivate the beds came to then-Paideia mom Tania Herbert, who eyed the spot near the elementary school classrooms and saw a way for the youngest kids to have some outdoor fun. But it’s now become a school-wide program for Paideia’s 900 students that taps into several areas of study and offers hands-on learning experiences.

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1935 by Beate Hahn – ‘Hooray, We Sow and Harvest!’

Click on image for larger file.

Published in Germany – A Garden Book For Children

By Beate Hahn (Horticulturist)
(The author is the mother of famous landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander)
1935 Wilh, Gottl, Korn Verlag, Breslau, Printed in Germany, 110 pages
(This translation was kindly done by Evelyne Teichert.)


Today is yet another grim, cold day in November. Outside the wind is blowing through the streets, urging snowflakes along high up into the air. It roars around the street corner, and anyone who meets it will be blown down. This is quite ugly weather, and everyone is happy when they can once again sit in their warm home.

Here in our home a bright wood fire is crackling in the fireplace. When all the big and the small people have completed their daily tasks, we assemble around the red sheen of the fire, because father tells us stories. Mother says that this way she’ll never be able to mend all the torn children’s clothes, but everyone else thinks it is marvelous. If Peter and Lore move over just a bit, then you too will be able to join us on the bench by the fire and listen in. We also have a baked apple for you. you can hear them already crackling in the oven. Lisel, the oldest among us, gets up from time to time to tend to them.

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Compost Stew

An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

By Mary McKenna Siddals
Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
Dragonfly Books
Oct 14 2014


“It has great rhyming and rhythm and a fun chorus for the kids to learn. We used it on the day we planted seeds for our garden boxes. If your children know the difference between garbage and recycling and you want to add compost to their understanding of waste, this book is where to start. Great for learning about waste, the environment, plants and community! My 20 month old asks for it by name.”

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Rapper Farmer Brown teaches kids about gardening

Kentucky State University agriculture, food, and environment student and farm technician Trevor Claiborn created Farmer Brown as a way to teach children about agriculture. Photo by Blair Hess, Kentucky State University.

By Beverly Fortune
Lexington Herald Tribune
Feb 3, 2017


The idea for Farmer Brown was sparked at the family dinner table when Claiborn tried to engage his young niece in conversation. They were eating hamburgers, and he asked her where she thought hamburgers came from.

“A tree,” she answered.

“Research shows most families are three generations away from the farm, away from knowing how food is raised,” Claiborn said.

And not just city children have that information gap.

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‘Urban Farm’ Theme Park Developed in Moscow, Russia

To create a children’s educational complex around Kamensky Pond – – “a farm in the city”, where children will be able to familiarise themselves with nature, find out what various animals look like, and where their milk, vegetables and fruit come from.

By Wowhaus
Chief architect of the project: Alyona Zaitseva
Architects: Gleb Galkin, Darya Listopad, Anastasia Izmakova, Yevgeny Reshetov, Margarita Leonova, Maria Khokholova, Alexandra Kim, Maria Khokhlova, Denis Manshilin and Ivan Korenkov
Master Plan: Nina Smirnova
Chief Structural Engineer: Dmitry Belostotskiy


The farm offers a new type of leisure activity for children and parents in Moscow, educating children about the natural world through direct contact with nature.

The northern areas bordering on the Botanical Gardens have a historical connection with the theme of agriculture. Here were located the Pig Rearing, Sheep Rearing and Poultry Farming pavilions. The site of the present farm was that of the Hunting pavilion and the so called Hunting Track, with its enclosures for wild animals. The pavilion burnt down long ago, and only two statues remain – the Hunter and the Fox Breeder, which now stand to greet visitors to the farm. The farm itself thus represents a logical continuation of the site’s history.

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