Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Youth High School Essay Contest

The Garden Club of South Carolina is sponsoring a youth high school essay contest. This year's theme is, " The Benefits of Community Gardens." This is a great opportunity for our South Carolina students to share the importance of community gardens and supporting local produce. The winner will receive a State Certificate and a cash award of $250. The winning essay will be published in the fall issue of The South Carolina Gardener. All essays must be submitted by December 10, 2011. See link for more details:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall Nature Quest

Join Carolina Children's Garden for their Fall Nature Quest THIS Saturday (November 12, 2011) from 10:30 am- 12:00 pm. Enjoy the fall colors while participating in a fun and exciting scavenger hunt. Learn to identify common trees and discover why leaves change color in the fall. This activity is for children in grades 2-5. Cost is $2 per child.
Carolina Children's Garden is at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center on 900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229.

Which has greater importance: Cost or Nutrition?

Check out this article in the New York Times discussing the government's new school lunch proposal and the response it has been receiving.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Grant Opportunity to Launch School Salad Bar Program

The National Council of Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators is pleased to announce a grant program to support state Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators in their work to help launch school salad bar programs. The purpose of this grant program is two pronged:
1) Gather experiences from state health agencies and their partners on ways to increase salad bars in schools which may impact fruit and vegetable access and consumption, and
2) Gain a greater understanding of the Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators’ role and training needs in supporting the salad bars to schools campaign.
This grant program will contribute to the work of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools! initiative.

For more information on how to apply please visit:

School Gardens in Progress

Burgess Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, SC is underway with their community garden. The students have recieved help from their teachers and volunteers while preparing the beds and planting fruits and vegetables. The students also planted our State Vegetable, Collard Greens! To see more pictures of their garden visit the Burgess Elementary School facebook page: