Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Eat. Think. Grow.

Your School Garden is planted and growing, what next?  There is learning to be done. Here is a helpful resource for a great selection of school garden activities.  Not only are they broken down by grade level (5K- 5th Grade), they are also sectioned off by season.  Each lesson is about life cycles, and living and non-living things are abundant. There are observations to be made about diversity in plants and animals, and within the environment. There is data to collect, harvest to gather, and cooking to do. Use these lessons to get your classroom involved in your school garden and to help them eat, think, and grow!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Roots, Shoots and Rudy

An Afternoon with Rudy Mancke

World Renowned Naturalist

Sunday, October 7, 2012, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM,

Carolina Children's Garden

Sandhill Research and Education Center
900 Clemson Road

Light Refreshments and Silent Auction

Membership and individual ticket: $50.00

Membership and couple’s tickets: $60.00

Children 4-12 free (activities will be provided)

Please signify number of adults and children attending.

Memberships only (if you are unable to attend):

Individual-$25.00; Family-$45.00; Corporate-$250+

Limited space available.

RSVP by September 22 to

This is an important fundraiser for the CCG;

it takes more than water to make the garden grow!

Please join us by becoming a member! All donations to this 501(c) 3 are tax deductible and may be sent to:

Friends of the Children’s Garden

Clemson University Sandhill REC
Post Office Box 23205
Columbia, South Carolina 29224

Fall Plant Sale

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is hosting their Fall Plant Sale Friday, September 28th 8:00-5:00 and Saturday, September 29th 9:00-12:00 at the Robert Clark Greenhouse (3000 South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201).  All the plants are grown on campus by their students and there will be 1,500+ perennials and shrubs starting at $4.00 a plant. View their online catalog beforehand!

Fall in South Carolina is the best time to plant perennials. While the days are warm, the nights are cool allowing plants to develop a vigorous root structure before the next summer. Whether you need color for shade or sun, wet or dry areas, or even shrubs for the ‘bones’ of your gardens, Heathwood's fall plants sale has something for you.

For more information contact Todd Beasley

Monday, September 17, 2012

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between schools and local food! The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed resources and activities for Farm to School Month that are available on
Here are three things you can do NOW to prepare for October:

Participate in "Farm to School Counts" by pledging to serve local food and participate in Farm to School activities during October. Everyone who enters a pledge and completes the follow-up survey will be entered to win a cash prize for his or her program!
Are you hosting a Farm to School Month event? Put your event on the map!

Make sure you are ready for photo opportunities and events! Order t-shirts, aprons, "I ate local" stickers, posters and more from the Farm to School Month shops.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Holly Harring at