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Gardening

Soil is every-where, and everything comes from soil! A Handful of Dirt gives students an in-depth look at how soil is formed, what it’s made of, and why it is important to all life—from microorganisms to worms to rabbits. Learn about the different jobs of microscopic creatures in the soil and discover hidden activity that’s always happening just below our feet.

A month by month guide to planning and growing your own garden. Each month provides a description of what needs to happen during that month to grow a successful garden.

Joe and Gram plant a garden together, but they each have their own special way of doing things. Together, this grandma and grandson pair complete tasks during each of the four seasons, and then wait as the good brown earth takes care of the rest. Children will relate to Joe’s creative way of gardening. They will appreciate the magic that happens when the earth turns a seed into a plant.

A young boy and his dog are sick of winter, so they plant a garden and begin to wait. And wait, and wait.  Just when it seems as though the brown will never become green, spring magically appears!  This book is a quick read that benefits from paying close attention to the beautifully illustrated pages.

Lexi and Jason Williams take center stage at school when Principal Gordon enlists their help to establish a school garden at Beacon Academy. The kids are thrilled to be selected as Green Ambassadors for this important project, but quickly learn how challenging it can be to work with others toward a common goal.

The letters displayed in this book showcase how a woman of a different era of North Carolina became the author of A Southern Garden, a 1942 gardening book that is still read today. Through piecing together her correspondence with mentors, other writers, and friends, the editor had given us a rare look into a prolific gardener and writer of the 20th century.

Mags and Cody replant their grandmother’s garden after she passes away, and hope that the bluebirds return along with the flowers.

Good eating habits and a love of learning both start early, and what better way to instill both in children than with a garden?  Gardening with preschoolers not only engages children in hands-on learning, but begins to build positive experiences with healthy food.  This is why school gardens are a key component of effective Farm to School programs.  Farm to School can include local food included in school meals, farm field trips, school gardens and cooking local food, but the goal is to rebuild connections between children and the food they eat.  Proving positive social reinforcement for healthy eating, Farm […]

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A girl bands together with her community to plant a garden on a vacant lot.

Each quarter, ASAP’s Growing Minds co-hosts a school garden meeting with an area school. The winter meeting was held at Hall Fletcher Elementary, a school with an active garden program. Despite it being the middle of December there was still a lot to see and learn.