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Do you want to start or help create a food education program in your community?  If you answered yes, then this book is a perfect choice for you!  It provides a road map for developing a food education program and how to make children excited about healthy eating.

With new guidelines and requirements that have made their way into all school system’s curricula, teachers have found it very difficult to bring their own creativity into the classroom. If you’re an educator that believes there is more to teaching than just reading a script, than this book is for you.  Diane Parker invites you into her classroom to see how she’s applied the inquiry-based approach to her classroom, where the student’s questions lead the lessons, but she still stays within the boundaries of the mandated curricula, standards, and programs.

Recipes for a Successful School Garden simplifies the process of planning and running an elementary school garden while following a year’s curriculum of a seasoned 20 year old school garden. The book highlights the successes and lessons learned and is a resource for parent volunteers and teachers looking to plan, garden, teach and cook outdoors in the garden. “School gardens are important for many reasons—instilling a love of nature, re-connecting children to the source of their food, providing a meaningful and authentic teaching tool, and awakening children to the awe and wonder that exists in a garden. This is a wonderful […]

Whether you’re a cook that gardens, a gardener that cooks, or a person that just loves fresh fruits and vegetables, you will be left motivated and hungry after thumbing through this cookbook!  Andrea Chesman, a chef that loves to garden, brings her readers 175 simple and delicious recipes that are organized according to their harvesting season.  She also makes recommendations for maintaining a well-stocked pantry, so whenever inspiration strikes, there’s no need to run out to the grocery store.  And have you ever been interested in preserving all those delicious vegetables so you can enjoy them all winter?  Well look […]

“With vision, commitment, and some good hard work, educators and families around the globe are ripping up pavement, sowing seeds, and growing garden classrooms because they believe children need to be engaged by hands-on learning in a context that matters to them. In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, he presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field.” Download a free e-book or order a paperback copy here.

From molecules and plant cells to the human digestive system, this book contains 111 coloring plates that are an effective learning method for uncovering concepts and structures of a range of biology. This is not a typical “coloring book” and would better be termed a coloring “workbook.”

Learn how to create a garden on your balcony or patio with container gardening. Organized by different vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers, McGee and Stuckey have written a manual with all the best advice for growing a large variety of edible plants within a confined space.

Science plus gardening gives us the “Life Lab”, where students can observe with their own eyes the concepts they learn in science class.  In this book, Roberta and Gary have provided more than 150 field-tested, garden based activities that will get students outside observing our world’s natural rhythms while potentially sparking a scientific interest in them that will never leave.  There are so many life-lessons to be learned from gardening, and this book will give teachers creative ideas on how to get their students interested in gardening, ecology, biology, and even nutrition.