Wednesday, May 15, 2013


The USDA's Team Nutrition has released two exciting new curriculum resources!
Dig In! helps kids, teachers, and parents explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on the plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Dig In! also includes a gardening guide, booklets for parents/caregivers, and six dynamic posters encouraging fruit and vegetable choices using themes that appeal to older elementary school children.                     
The Great Garden Detective Adventure is focused on discovering what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

We are working to upload both of these resources to our website!! Please check with us soon at!!


Recently, Lexington-Richland 5 recreated the Food Network's "Chopped" program. There were five teams of cafeteria workers from HE Corley, Crossroads Middle, Irmo High, Chapin Middle and Dutch Fork High. All teams used USDA approved ingredients, pantry items and a local mystery ingredient.

Irmo High won with a plate of sauteed chicken topped with mango slices, steamed collards, fried tomato and pasta salad with chopped kale and red peppers!! GO YELLOW JACKETS!!

We love all the ways SC schools are incorporating new nutrition guidelines and creating fabulous meals for students. Please share with us stories and ways your school cafeteria is changing!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Butterfly Program at Carolina Children's Garden

Join the Richland County Extension Agency and the Richland County Master Gardener on Saturday, May 18th for the BUTTERFLY PROGRAM at Carolina Children's Garden.

Cost is $8.00 per child and includes a live caterpillar, host plant and butterfly booklet.  Space is limited, so please pre-register at