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This month
School Produce Markets- 
Clarke Middle School, Monday 4:15-6 PM
Hilsman Middle School, Wednesday 4:15-6 PM

Tell us your garden workdates!
What do you need! It is our goal to send volunteers and assistance to every garden! Enter your information to get help! This is also the form you use to make sure that you get Green School credit for your school garden workdays!

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing

Seeds: Arugula, Collards, Kale and Greens; Starts: Cabbage, Strawberries, Turnips

October Tasks from the ACC Extension Office
  • Plant your second planting of fall crops such as collards, turnips, cabbage, mustard and kale.
  • Refurbish mulch to control weeds, and start adding leaves and other materials for the compost pile. 
  • Harvest mature green peppers and tomatoes before frost gets them – it may not come until November, but be ready.
  • Harvest herbs and dry them in a cool, dry place.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.

October is Farm to School Month and Georgia Organics has your lessons covered with Make Room For Legumes!

Register online to receive access to Georgia Organics' online toolkit with legume themed activities, standards based lessons, recipes, and more! Sign up for the resource toolkit and to be eligible to win weekly prizes from Georgia Organics!

*See the video below for a sample* Register at the link above to get ALL the resources. Don't like beans? You can also access the past years' materials featuring Spinach, Radishes, Lettuce, and Carrots.

Make Room for Legumes is eligible for Green School Credit.
Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

Here's a sample of how cool the Make Room for Legumes materials are- take a field trip to Cosmos Organic Farm and learn about legumes and how to grow them without leaving your classroom (until you go outside to plant your own beans!). Register online with Georgia Organics.
Eating from the garden this month:Apples, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Eggplant, Muscadines, Kale and Greens, Lettuce, Okra, Field Peas, Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Summer and Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips.

Fennel Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette
Serious Eats

Try Day Friday is on October 20th and kids will be trying FENNEL in the cafeteria! Give it a go in the classroom with this simple recipe!

1 head fennel, halved, cored, and very thinly sliced 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot (about 1 small shallot)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated zest and 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 tangerine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large salad bowl, combine thinly sliced fennel with salt and pepper.

Combine shallot, mustard, tangerine zest and juice, lemon juice, and fennel seed in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a tightly sealed jar, seal, and shake vigorously until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Whisk or shake vinaigrette to emulsify, then drizzle a small amount into salad bowl. Using clean hands, toss salad to coat, adding more vinaigrette as needed until fennel is thoroughly coated but not dripping. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve immediately. Any leftover vinaigrette will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact to learn more!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, September
Monthly Free Gardening Classes, 6 to 7:30 PM, ACC Library. Pre-registration is required. 10/11 Sustainable Gardening.
Connect to Protect Native Plant Sale, Oct 5-13, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Georgia Organics Farm to School Summit, Oct 5-6, Augusta
Outdoor Learning Symposium, October 20, 2017, Atlanta
*Need a Scholarship for registration and travel? Apply by Oct 10*
2018 Master Gardener Class, Deadline to register is Nov 1.
Project Wild and Learning Tree Teacher Workshop. Using Your Outdoor Classroom. SCNC. $50 for the two curriculums. Nov 11, 2017. Contact to register.
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