Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy New Year Gardeners!

My name is Laura and I am a new School Garden Intern working with Growing Up Organic. I am very excited for all the fun in the gardens this year!
Even though there is snow on the ground, Growing Up Organic is working away planning gardens and events for the spring.

Here's what going on so far...
We are working with teachers to create a workbook about the school garden project. The workbook will include a basic guide to gardening, curriculum-based lesson plans in the garden, and many other great resources for teachers to use gardens for fun and learning.
Come the spring, with the help of elementary and high school students, we will be waking up the gardens, planting some new ones, and rounding up volunteers to help take care of them. For more information about when and what types of things we'll be doing with students, visit https://sites.google.com/site/growinguporganicschoolgardens/home.

How to get involved:
1. Volunteer to help getting the gardens started
2. Volunteer to help with a workshop
2. Volunteer to help take care of the garden nearest to you (weeding, watering...)
3. Teachers: Participate in a garden workshop with your class
Contact me at guoschoolgardens@gmail.com to let me know that you are interested.

Get Inspired! Get Gardening!
Check out all the great new resources for kids gardening:
http://www.kidsgardening.com/Dig/dig.asp?act=t -fun activities for children in and out of the garden
http://www.evergreen.ca/en/resources/schools/curriculum.sn -lesson plans & more teaching tools
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/Schoolgardening - an established school garden project in England, lots of information, activities and ideas (more than 10,000 schools involved!)

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