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Farm to School Champion Awards
 
The ACC School Garden Champions Awards is a local awards ceremony to celebrate those who make farm-to-school and garden-based learning a success in Athens-Clarke County. This is the first time these awards are being given. All nominees and award recipients have gone above and beyond to make garden-based learning a success at the school level.
 
The following awards are being given:
  • Outstanding Student: Takais Jackson, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding Elementary School Teacher: Phillip Smith, JJ Harris Elementary
  • Outstanding Middle School Teacher: Debbie Mitchell, Clarke Middle School
  • Outstanding High School Teacher: Jillian Gordon, Clarke Central High School
  • Outstanding School: Clarke Middle School, Tad MacMillan, Principal
  • Outstanding Administrator: Amy Peacock, CCSD K-8 Science Curriculum Coordinator
  • Outstanding School Nutrition Partner: Anthony Holland, Holland Produce
  • Outstanding Facilities Partner: John Cleghorne, CCSD Exec Director, Plant Services
  • Outstanding Culinary Partner: Manny Stone, Athens Community Career Academy
  • Outstanding Garden Champion Partner: Jacob Kennedy on behalf of Hort2000
  • Outstanding Farm Partner: Johannah Biang, UGArden
  • Outstanding Business Partner: Taziki’s
  • Outstanding Master Gardener or Extension Partner: Sarah Lockman
  • Outstanding Parent Volunteer: Lili Hill, Whit Davis Elementary
  • Food Justice Warrior: Connie Roberts, Athens Land Trust
 
Funding for this award comes from a Georgia Organics Farm-to-School “Nudge” Grant.
 
The Athens School Garden Network includes Athens Land Trust, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Athens-Clarke County Extension, and Grow It Know It in partnership with Clarke County School District, UGA Public Service and Outreach, and UGA Extension.

School Produce Markets- 
Clarke Middle School
Monday 4:15-6:00 PM

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

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

Seeds: Arugula, Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Kale and Greens, Okra, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Turnips, watermelon; Starts: Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cucumbers, Eggplants, Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon
 

April Tasks from the ACC Extension Office: 
  • Plant  warm-season crops.
  • Make a second planting within two to three weeks of the first planting of snap beans, corn and squash.
  • Be sure to plant enough vegetables for canning and freezing.
  • Cultivate to control weeds and grass, to break crusty soil, and to provide aeration.
  • Maintain mulch between rows.
  • Plant tender herbs.
  • Remember: Do not work in your garden when the foliage is wet to avoid spreading diseases from one plant to another.

Find more information on garden care on the UGA Extension Publications Page.


TEACH!

Athens-Clarke County is lucky to have two Foodcorps service members serving in our district through the Athens Land Trust. This month, they have shared PDFs of some lesson plans that would be great in your classroom!

THIRTY SIX lessons for grades K to 5th (Full PDFs HERE!)

  • From Beautiful Beans to Delicious Dip!
  • Bean Buddies
  • Sunflower House
  • Perfect Parfaits
  • Up, Up, Up We Grow!
  • Mindful Tasting
  • The Secret Strategies of Food Advertising
  • Stone Soup
  • Seasonal Food Wheels
  • Rolling Into Spring
  • What’s in My Salsa?
  • The World Travels of Food
  • Salad Dressing Challenge
  • A Patchwork Garden Quilt
  • Web of Life
  • Mealtime Traditions Around the World
  • Food Memories
  • Choose-Your-Own- Flavor Popcorn
  • What the World Eats
  • Exploring Our Worm Bin
  • Summer Sun Risin’
  • Rainbow Grain Salad
  • Worm Bin Wonders
  • Quick, Pickle That!
  • Tortilla Time!
  • Seed Tape
  • Food Story Swap
  • Be a Bee!
  • If Our Class Were a Soup…
  • Fun with Fruit Salad
  • The Great Balancing Act
  • Root-View Cups
  • Our Food Traditions
  • FrankenPlants
  • Plant Part Wraps
  • Plant Part Mystery!
     

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

EAT!
 
Harvest: Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Kale and Other Greens, Lettuce, English Peas, Radish, Spinach, Strawberries, Turnips

Strawberry Leather
From the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

INGREDIENTS

 Strawberries (1½ cups per group of 4 students)
1 1/4 tsp light corn syrup
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Materials: jelly roll pan, blender or food, masking tape, processor, plastic wrap.

PREPARATION

1. Place 1½ cups of clean strawberries in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
2. Stir in ½ teaspoon lemon juice and 1½ teaspoons light corn syrup.
3. Line a jelly roll pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap, taping the plastic wrap to the corners of the pan with masking tape.
4. Pour the strawberry mixture into the pan, spreading evenly. Leave at least a one-inch margin on each side.
5. Dry in an oven at 150°F for seven to eight hours or until the surface is dry and no longer sticky.
6. Remove the leather and plastic wrap from the pan while still warm (hands must be clean and dry) and roll up in a jelly roll fashion. Cut into logs and store in plastic wrap for a maximum of five days. Have the students take their strawberry leather home or enjoy it as a class snack.

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@accgov.com to learn more!
EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, March.
Spring Wildflowers of Granite Outcrops, April 7. State Botanical Garden.
Plantapalooza, April 14th, 8 am to 2 pm.
Totally Tomatoes Free monthly gardening class. April 25 from 6:00-7:30 at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library Auditorium.
Plants, Pollinators, and Landscaping, April 21. State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens Area Master Gardener Plant Sale. 8 am to 1 pm. 2152 West Broad. April 28.
West Broad Farmers Market Block Party. April 28.
Medicinal Herbs of the SE. April 28. State Botanical Garden.
Advanced Training in Environmental Education (ATEEG)
Core Course 3 (Assessment and Evaluation)-  June 8-10, 2018. Register by May 25, 2018.
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