Garden Spotlight: Verner Center for Early Learning

Whitney Rea Smith is the Director of Family and Community Partnerships at Verner Center for Early Learning. Based in Asheville, Verner provides 5-star comprehensive care and education to over 300 children and their families at three centers and through a home-based Early Head Start program. Verner received a Growing Minds mini-grant this spring to purchase lumber,

Educator Spotlight: Vance Elementary Peace Garden

For our February 2021 Farm to School Educator Spotlight, we’re featuring the work of Jordan Diamond, the FEAST Program and Garden Coordinator at Lucy S. Herring Elementary School (formerly Vance) in Asheville. Jordan received a Growing Minds mini-grant last fall, which she used to purchase equipment to help transition her lessons to the virtual learning environment. In

Our School Garden Project

Miss Davis’ 2012 1st grade class designs a school garden! They plant flowers and vegetables that grow all summer long with the help of teachers and community members, and are then harvested by students during the fall months.

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