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

Interested in speaking up for garden based learning? December 6th is the final Community Engagement Session with Dr. Means. The session will take place at Rolling Ridge Apartments from 4 to 5:30 PM.

Order your school garden starts and seeds for March planting. Order by January 12, 2018.
ORDER FORM

The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com.


 
See all menus and events for this month online.
PLANT!

What to plant this month, Start indoors: Kale and other greens

December tasks from the ACC Extension Office,Why not get started early for next year?:
  • Spread manure, rotted sawdust, and leaves over the garden and plow them under; you’ll be surprised at the difference this organic matter will make in the fertility, physical structure and water-holding capacity of the soil.
  • Take a soil sample to allow plenty of time to get the report back. Lime applied now will be of more benefit next year than if it is applied in the spring before planting.
  • Start planning next year’s garden now! Order flower and vegetable seeds in December or January, while the supply is plentiful.
  • Review the results of last year’s garden and order the more successful varieties.
  • You may have seeds left over from last year. Check their viability by placing some in damp paper towels and observing the germination percentage.
  • Draw a map of the garden area and decide how much row spacing is needed for each vegetable.  
Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.
TEACH!

Fall is the time to harvest the veggies that were planted in September. Use this activity to give students some time outdoors while learning about plant parts and their life-cycle. Harvesting and eating is also a good way to establish healthy eating habitats and to learn about how eating together helps build community!

Harvest Activity - The Community Kitchen

Don't have anything to harvest!? Don't let that stop you from heading outside and using the school yard to observe a plethora of phenomena that connect back to the classroom!

Garden Scavenger Hunts - Life Lab

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website

EAT!
 
Eating from the garden this month: Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, Pecans, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Winter Squash, Turnips

Apple Pomegranate Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Contributed by Simple Bites

Kale grows well in Georgia in the winter and is a featured part of the lunch room this month. This recipe combines kale with other cool season fruits - tangy pomegranate, apples, and lemons.

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons champagne (or rice) vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 small shallot (or sweet onion), minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound lacinato kale, washed and dried
1 honeycrisp or similar apple, thinly sliced
1 cup pomegranate arils

PREPARATION
1. In a medium bowl or cup, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, shallot, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture while whisking to emulsify. Set aside.
2. Remove the rib of each piece of kale. Cut the kale into thin strips, 1/4" wide. Using your hands, squeeze the strips tightly to bruise. Pour the dressing over the kale and toss to coat. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before topping.
3. When the kale has marinated, add in the apple slices and pomegranate arils. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

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 stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com to learn more!
EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, November
Master Composter Class Registration, Due January 17th.
Georgia Organics Conference, February 16-17, Augusta, GA
Garden Based Learning Working Group Session, February 4:30 to 6 at Cine. Contact stacy.smith@athensclarkecounty.com to participate.
Meals in the Middle, December 5, February 13, and April 10.
Garden Champion Awards, March 21, Career Academy
Advanced Training in Environmental Education (ATEEG)
Core Course 1 (Foundations of EE)-  January 26-28, 2018. Register by January 15, 2017.
Core Course 2 (Fostering Learning)- March 23-25, 2018. Register by March 12, 2018.
Core Course 3 (Assessment and Evaluation)-  June 8-10, 2018. Register by May 25, 2018.
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