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Welcome to the July Issue of Kids Garden News!

Read on for news of funding opportunities for your new or existing garden, along with a lesson plan and activities to help you get the most from your garden. And please take our survey to tell us more about what resources you need to create and sustain your school or youth garden program!
Happy Gardening,
The KidsGardening Team


New School Garden Grant From Chartwells K12

Planting the seeds of health and wellness, The 2016 Eat. Learn. Live. and Grow Grant sponsored by Chartwells K12 in partnership with offers funding for schools seeking to enhance their curriculum and offer food and nutrition education through an edible garden program. Building on the Chartwells’ eat. learn. live. School Garden Program, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive resource and winner of The 2016 Best Concept Award from Food Management Magazine, this grant opportunity is open to public or private school serving students in grades K to 12 and planning a new or expanding an established garden program. The selection of winners will be based on demonstrated or potential program impact and sustainability in addition to how well the program connects to the theme,
“How Do You Eat. Learn. Live. and Grow?” Learn more and apply!


Deadline, August 31, 2016

Tell Us What You Think!

You are our inspiration and we want to hear from you! The KidsGardening audience is made up of some of the most creative, enthusiastic and dedicated educators, parents and volunteers around. We would appreciate a moment of your time to take our quick visitor’s survey for your thoughts on the youth gardening world.

As a thank you, we're offering a chance to win some prizes, including one of three $50 gift certificates to Gardener's Supply Company, our curriculum books,
and more!

Fall 2016 Team Up for Healthy School Gardens Grant

Join Jamba Juice and as we Team Up for Healthy School Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona! The Fall 2016 Team Up for Healthy School Gardens Grant is open to public and private schools serving grades K to 12 that are located in Phoenix, Arizona, including the suburbs of Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe. Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit and vegetable-related activities into the curriculum, and the ability to sustain their garden program over multiple years. By the end of 2016, Jamba Juice will have provided close to 250 grants totaling $130,000 for schools and youth gardens. Now that’s a great reason for us all to raise a smoothie! Learn more and apply!

Deadline, August 25, 2016

Three Sisters Garden

Native peoples from different parts of North America have used a wide range of agricultural techniques. Perhaps the best known is the interplanting of corn, beans, and squash – a trio often referred to as the "three sisters." Cultivating these companions in your school garden, a small patch near the building, or even a barrel, can inspire studies of Native American customs, nutrition, and folklore. Check out our
Three Sisters Garden lesson plan!

Sensational Sunflowers!

Sunflower plants are an excellent addition to any home or school garden. Easy to grow with cheerful blooms and a diversity of varieties, it's hard not to smile when looking at a sunflower. Explore our Plant a Sunflower House activity for inspiration on how to incorporate this sensational plant in your youth garden.

Start Early and End Late to Beat the Heat

Don’t let summer heat keep you and your kids from having fun in the garden. Find ideas for Family Garden Activities to enjoy in the cooler hours of early morning and evening. 

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