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Edition III : September 2016

Program Spotlight: Hope Grows

Inspired by the poem The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann, discover how the Hope Grows program at Tamaques Elementary School used their Butterfly Garden to teach students a powerful lesson about the Holocaust and the importance of kindness. Click to read more!

Lesson Plan:
Growing Poems

Cultivate creativity and communication skills by engaging students in writing garden-inspired poetry. Click for Lesson Plan!

Garden Activity:
Plant Parts Salad

Make learning fun and tasty! Explore the parts of the plant by reading an entertaining children’s gardening book and making your own plant parts salad

Safe Harvesting

Giving kids the opportunity to harvest and eat fresh produce is what youth gardening is all about! Follow these basic and easy to implement food safety guidelines to keep the garden experience positive and help everyone in your garden program bring in a healthy harvest. Click to learn more!

Coming Soon: 2017 Youth Garden Grant

Since 1982 our Youth Garden Grants have reached over
1.3 million students and hundreds of schools to establish new school and community gardens and assist in sustaining and renewing existing gardens. Stay tuned for Youth Garden Grant Application details coming October 2016!

Plant of the Month: Spinach

This fast-growing green is easy to grow and thrives in cool weather, making it a great fall crop in many parts of the country.
Click to learn more!


Books for
Back to School

Looking for lesson and activity ideas to integrate the garden into your classroom curriculum?  We have a wide variety of curricula and guides to help you make the most of your instructional time in the garden. Check out our KidsGardening Publications!

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