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Deadline: Friday 1/20/2017

We have seed packets and tree seedlings available for school gardens. Tree seedlings are swamp chestnut oak, scarlet oak, and dogwood. Contact us if you would like seeds or seedlings for your school!

Need more garden help at your school? KACCB would be happy to visit your next staff meeting and share information on what is available to your teachers to help them care for gardens, find resources, and incorporate garden based learning into the curriculum!

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing
Some exciting news from the back of the CCSD lunch menu. And find all of this month's menus at the CCSD School Nutrition Website. 
Local Illustrator Eileen Schaeffer has offered to come read My Dinosaur Ate My Broccoli to ACC classrooms! This program is free.Contact to schedule.

Winter is a great time to be cuddled up inside with a good book and books are a great activating opener for an activity that takes the kids outside! Growing Minds has a wonderful searchable database of books related to gardens. You can search this resource by Title, Author, Subject (from alphabet to worms), Level (prek to 5th), and learning concepts. Find the booklist here!

A great place to find downloadable activity sheets and information about Georgia crops is the Georgia Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom page. This is a great way to combine social studies and the garden. There is also an Ag art contest and essay competition as well as scholarships and Georgia specific crop information. You can also find the video "Without Farmers Georgia Can't Grow" to give kids a tour of the regions of Georgia and where all of our Georgia crops are grown.

The UGA School Garden Resources Website and School Garden Classroom Cookbook 

The 2017 Georgia Master Composter Program will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department starting February.  Interested applicants can download the Master Composter application or contact Amanda Tedrow by calling (706) 613-3640 or email The registration deadline for the 2017 program is January 24th.

Start indoors: Cucumbers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers Watermelon; Seeds: Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, English Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips.
January Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Plan the garden to include various vitamin groups. Consider planting a few new varieties along with the old favorites.
  • Buy enough quality seed for two or three plantings to lengthen the season of production.
  • Take soil samples if you have not already done so,and take them to your county extension office for analysis.
  • Apply manure or compost and plow it under if you did not do so in the fall.
  • Apply lime, sulfur and fertilizer according to the soil-test results and vegetable requirements.
  • Get plant beds or seed boxes ready for growing plants such as tomato, pepper and eggplant. Have beds ready for planting in early February.
  • Check on your compost pile and make sure it is ready for use in the spring.
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Kids love to eat their veggies when they have the power to choose them! Try this recipe for personal Veggie Pizzas using crescent rolls or tortillas and whatever veggies you have in season. This recipe is from the Oregon State Extension Office. See their publication on Using Veggies from School Gardens in Recipes.

1 package low-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces non-fat cream cheese
1⁄4 cup non-fat mayonnaise
1⁄2 cup non-fat sour cream
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil (or thyme)
1⁄2 cup broccoli, chopped
1⁄2 cup cauliflower, chopped
1⁄4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup carrot, finely chopped
1⁄3 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350° F.
Unroll the crescent rolls and place them on a baking sheet to bake. Bake for 10 minutes.
Mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and basil until smooth.
Spread mixture on the cooled crescent rolls.
Sprinkle the chopped vegetables and shredded cheddar cheese on top of the cream cheese mixture. Serve immediately.
Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
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!
Space is limited. Register here today!

Certificate in Native Plants 2017 Courses. Winter Tree ID 1/19; 
Native Plant Symposium 1/18, State Botanical Garden, 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
Orchard Fruit Production & Pruning, 1/29, State Botanical Garden 
Advanced Training in Environmental Education Courses: Course I 1/27-29 ; Course II 3/31-4/2 ; Course III 6/9-11.
Georgia Organics, Exploring Edible Education 101 & 201, Sims Acadamy, Barrow Co. Feb 2 & 3.
Georgia Organics Annual Conference & Expo, Feb 17 and 18, Atlanta, GA
5th Annual Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance Conference and Research Symposium, March 3-5, Buford, GA
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