Thursday, December 15, 2011

Latest Edition of our School Gardens Newsletter

Check out our December Eat Smart... It's in the Garden Newsletter. This months Newsletter is full of information and recaps from all the great gardening projects from across the State! Everyone had a successful fall and we look forward to all the exciting events coming up this winter and spring!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How Designing Smarter Farmers' Markets Will Help Our Cities Survive

A hundred years ago, 38% of Americans lived and worked on the farm; today, it is less than two percent. The impact of that change has been massive; the economist Joseph Stiglitz writes in Vanity Fair this month that the last Great Depression was caused by industrialization of agriculture, a "structural change in the real economy."
Agriculture had been a victim of its own success. In 1900, it took a large portion of the U.S. population to produce enough food for the country as a whole. Then came a revolution in agriculture that would gain pace throughout the century—better seeds, better fertilizer, better farming practices, along with widespread mechanization. Today, 2 percent of Americans produce more food than we can consume.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Michelle Obama Helps Children Across America Set Jumping Jack Record

As part of her child obesity project, first lady Michelle Obama announced yesterday that students, teachers, and parents -- joining with the organization National Geographic Kids -- broke the Guinness world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

Mrs. Obama's team pointed out that more than 300,265 people did jumping jacks during ceremonies around the world on Oct. 11-12.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Free Tasting Lessons

Free bilingual fruit and vegetable tasting lessons provide opportunities for children to explore, learn about, and taste varieties of fruits and vegetables. Tasting lessons require no cooking and minimal food preparation. Students learn to use descriptive language, expand vocabulary, exercise choice, and articulate personal preferences.

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