Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The Welch’s Harvest Grant is open to classrooms throughout the United States that plan to use gardens to teach students about nutrition and sustainable agriculture. Two winning schools will be selected from each state. Five schools will receive $1,000 awards; 25 schools will receive $500 awards; and 70 schools will receive $250 awards. Winning schools may choose an indoor or an outdoor gardening package. Both contain a variety of tools, seeds, and educational materials, enabling entire school communities to connect with nature and better understand the origins of their food supply. Deadline for application submission is February 6, 2010. For complete details, official rules, and to see if your child’s school qualifies to enter, visit: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752777
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
The nine recipients of a $1,000 grant are: Holly Springs Elementary, Pickens; Gray Court-Owings Elementary, Gray Court; Ford Elementary, Laurens; Okatie Elementary, Beaufort;
The 2009 grant recipients will also continue their school garden programs with $500 grants at their respective schools, as well as serving as mentors and resources for the nine new grant recipients. The mentors are: Pontiac Elementary, Elgin; Central Child Development Center, Rock Hill; Mellichamp Elementary, Orangeburg; Birchwood Middle School, DJJ and Pauline-Glenn Springs, Pauline.
The Eat Smart, It’s in the Garden mini-grant program is a partnership between the non-profit Eat Smart, Move More SC and the S.C. Department of Agriculture that encourages schools to incorporate school gardens, healthy eating habits and agricultural appreciation into their school communities. The grant period runs from January 1 to June 30, 2010.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Barnwell County Career Center Agricultural Education Department was recently awarded a “Hooked On Hydroponics” grant through the National Gardening Association. The grant is funded by The Grow Store in conjunction with the Progressive Gardening Association.
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in nutrient solutions (water containing fertilizers) with or without the use of an artificial medium (sand, gravel, vermiculite, sawdust and others). Most hydroponic operations are housed in greenhouses, which allows for greater control of growing variables, and can lead to more efficient growing practices, including conservation of water and great control of fertilizer run-off.
“The grant will be used to purchase hydroponic equipment needed to install this unique method of gardening on our campus,” said Mindy Sandifer, Agricultural Education instructor at the center. “This was my first attempt at submitting a grant proposal and I look forward to using the funds to make hydroponics an integral part of our plant science curriculum,” she added.
Amanda Wiggins, Grants Administrator with the National Gardening Association, said the proposal was chosen for the award because the application demonstrated clear educational goals and commitment to helping students gain hands-on experience with the joys and wonders of gardening.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Healthy Harvesters are the students and teachers at Pauline Glenn Springs Elementary School. They are doing an awesome job!! Check it out ;)
Also, if you have a blog that you would like us to link to, just let us know!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thought that some of you might be interested in participating in this Webinar tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is hosting a special event featuring Dr. Ann Kutze who will be speaking about healthy eating choices for your children. Dr. Ann is a nationally recognize author and speaker on this subject. Registration is $10. After the talk, Dr. Ann will be available to answer questions and meet with participants in a lively food forum under the Campus Center. Several local restaurants and vendors will be on hand to offer delicious and nutritious samples, including ZPizza, El Burrito, Pinckney Produce and more!
This event is open to the public, so please invite your friends. Space is limited Register early using the online registration form at http://www.heathwood.org/.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The event, sponsored by Chartwells School Dining Services a Division of the Compass Group, is designed to encourage the schools that they service to feature at least one or more locally grown produce items on their menu daily the week of September 21-25, 2009.
The celebration is part of an on-going partnership between Chartwells and South Carolina distributors, schools, and farmers designed to help children develop healthy eating habits. But, the program also helps to improve South Carolina farm income and direct access to markets.
For their effort to provide locally grown produce in their schools, Chartwells and Spartanburg School District 6 were presented the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) ‘Best Practice Award.’ The purpose of the award is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in schools in the southeast region of the U.S. and to share the winner’s strategies with other schools so that they can also improve their programs and services that are delivered to their students.
Commissioner Weathers is expected to commend the public-private partnership among Chartwells, produce distributors, and participating farmers and school districts. All around, the promotion educates students and customers about sustainability practices, the benefits of eating fresh, local produce and how buying local affects our communities and wellness.
For more information about the local produce in Spartanburg schools program, contact Ron Jones, Chartwells Director of Dining for Spartanburg District Schools.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The other presentor is from Conneticut and he talks about how they are doing more to purchase local and seasonal products to help children reconnect with their food and what it looks and tastes like in its raw, un processed form. For the transcript and full discussion, please visit:
Monday, August 24, 2009
The data gathered from this inventory will be used to determine a pool of potential applicants the Department of Agriculture invites to apply for the 2009 “Eat Smart…it’s in the Garden” mini-grants sponsored by Eat Smart Move More…SC.
We are trying to reach as many schools across the state as possible. Therefore, please share this email with your colleagues and encourage others to complete the survey.
The survey should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please submit your survey responses by Friday September 4, 2009. If you have any questions please contact Beth Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with distributing this survey throughout the state.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Information about 'The People's Garden' initiative is available at www.usda.gov/peoplesgarden
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
What a wonderful way to preserve the heritage of the Pee Dee area, and provide a sanctuary for children, families, wildlife and native fauna!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Check out all of the great children's gardening and healthy eating activities and classes being offered this June at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry by visiting: http://www.explorecml.org/Classes.asp
Friday, May 29, 2009
Title: Showcasing your Successes --“How to Prepare for Your Presentation”
With the growing demand for positive outcomes and the competition for funding dollars, it is more important than ever to let others know about your accomplishments. A success story is a wonderful way to highlight the accomplishments of your school garden.
You cannot always rely on the media to communicate the great things you are doing within your schools and communities. It is up to you.
A success story is a concise one-page story that is used to highlight your program or project’s accomplishments. Simple straightforward language and bullets are used to make the story reader-friendly and appealing to a wider audience. The framework for success stories is outlined below. The bulleted questions are to help guide your thinking as you determine what to write. Some questions may or may not be applicable.
Why do we need Success Stories?
Success stories are a tool that can be used as a way to:
Share your triumphs with the public, community, decision makers and the media
Show accountability to stakeholders, the public, and funders
Present the framework for a report on your project/program
Prepare talking points for presentations
What are the components of a Success Story?
Your success story framework should contain four components; issue, intervention, impact, and lessons learned.
Issue-What is the problem? Why did you start the school garden?
Create an emotional hook painting a picture of the problem using personal situations.
Who was at risk?
Intervention-What were the solutions or the ways you addressed the problem?
Who carried out the project/program?
When did it occur?
Where did it take place?
Who was served?
How was it carried out?
Impact-What were the specific outcomes?
What differences did it make?
How many people did the intervention impact?
What changes occurred?
Lessons Learned -What are the lessons learned from your program or project?
What were your challenges and how did you address?
What advice would you give others who want to replicate?
F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” A success story is a great way to say what you have to say.
Please post any comments or questions to let me know how I can help you to showcase your school garden success!
Friday, May 22, 2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Check out this link to find How-To videos, such as Controlling Deer, Maintaing a Vegetable Garden, and Controlling Slugs.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
For example, in central S.C., soy beans should be planted between May 10-July 1, and will be ready to harvest in about 60-70 days.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
There are also a few quick survey questions. Thanks for your responses!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Check out this website to find a diagnosis...
Having composting problems? Or need to doublecheck what you should be adding? Check out these simple informational sheets:
In the modules of the LiFE Curriculum Series students embark on an exciting adventure—learning how to use scientific evidence to construct theories of food, food systems and health that can lead to choices that promote ecological and personal health."
Check out and use these free lessons!
"Keeping the Flow" (investigating the impact of ones diet on the cardiovascular system)
"Celebrating Plant Parts"
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This link offers numerous activities for integrating vermicomposting into classroom curriculum:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
"Gardening and composting go hand-in-hand, especially in school garden projects: gardening without composting only teaches half the lesson..."
Simple fact sheet (download PDF from link):
SC DHEC information and links:
Check out this link to see how to integrate garden pollination learning into your classroom:
Nature's Partners is an inquiry learning-based curriculum for young people in the 4th through the 6th grade. It is comprised of seven modules. Each module offers three or four activities designed to engage young people in active, investigative science following a learning cycle of
- concept introduction/development, and
- concept application.
The Nature's Partners curriculum is designed to be flexible. Although it is presented as a sequence of activities, there is no need to do them all or todo them in order.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Please post any ideas or experiences that you have had with garden curriculum!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Follow these steps:
1. On the right hand side of this page, click on "Follow this blog"
2. Sign in using your gmail account. If you do not already have an account, click on "New to Blogger? Sign up for your free blogger account."
3. Once you sign in, type in the name you would like to be displayed when you post a blog (this could be your name or your school's name), and check "I accept the Terms of Service"
4. Click "Follow publicly" on the next page
5. And then start posting!
On the right hand side of this page, under "Followers", click on Nancy to link to her PGS Healthy Harvesters blog. Here you can view the pictures and read about the beginning stage of the garden.
Each county has an agent who can speak to your specific area when it comes to soil testing, plant problem solving, and a wide array of other gardening issues.
Agent contacts for your county:
Richland - Ted Williams email@example.com 803-779-8717 x 1127
York - Paul Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 803-684-9919
Spartanburg - S. Cory Tanner email@example.com 864-596-2993
Orangeburg - Morgan Judy firstname.lastname@example.org 803-534-6280
Call this toll-free-number: 1-888-656-9988, Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM, to get immediate assistance for anywhere in the state!
Also, check out these Clemson Extension links:
Wondering how you can control those pesky weeds, or maybe having trouble deciding what are good seeds and plants to get?
Wondering what time of year you should plant cucumbers (or any other vegetable for that matter) or how far apart you should space them?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Hopefully your success stories at the end of this grant period will fit nicely into this grant application process.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Application deadline is April 6, 2009.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SC Schools Awarded “Eat Smart, It’s in the Garden” Grants
COLUMBIA, SC, January 27, 2009 – Five schools in South Carolina have been selected to
receive $1,000 to implement or improve a garden site on their school grounds in the “Eat Smart,
It’s in the Garden” grant initiative. The recipients include: Mellichamp Elementary in
Orangeburg County, Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary in Spartanburg County, Pontiac
Elementary in Richland County, Central Child Education Center, York County, and the New
Direction School in Richland County.
The program initiated by Eat Smart, Move More...SC and the South Carolina Department of
Agriculture supports the effort to offer a unique space within the school environment in which
children of all abilities can achieve learning goals. Eat Smart, Move More...SC is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy eating and active living throughout South
Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture, said, “This program provides teachers with a tool
to incorporate hands-on learning experiences with their students. The gardening experience also
helps to instill good eating habits at an early age, provides children with a physical activity, and
develops a greater appreciation for the great diversity of food that can be grown in South
The grant period ends in June, and each of the grant recipients will be sharing their success
stories and ideas for sustaining their gardening projects into the future.
For more information about school gardens in South Carolina, visit School Gardens Program at
www.agriculture.sc.gov or call Beth Crocker, 803-734-2210.
Becky Walton, 803-734-2182, email@example.com
Stephen Hudson, 803-734-0648, firstname.lastname@example.org